Group A

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Definition of Group A

: any of various strains of a streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes) that include the causative agents of pharyngitis, scarlet fever, septicemia, some skin infections, rheumatic fever, and glomerulonephritis usually used attributivelyGroup A strep throat

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Group A.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Group%20A. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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Group A

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Medical Definition of Group A

: the Lancefield group of beta-hemolytic streptococci that comprises all strains of a species of the genus Streptococcus (S. pyogenes) and that includes the causative agents of pharyngitis, scarlet fever, septicemia, some skin infections (as pyoderma and erysipelas), rheumatic fever, and glomerulonephritis usually used attributivelyGroup A streptococcal infections — compare group b

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