noun, often attributive
\ ˈstrep How to pronounce strep (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web More than 1 in 5 invasive strep infections are caused by resistant strains, limiting treatment options for patients. Anchorage Daily News, "Deadly superbugs pose greater threat than previously estimated," 13 Nov. 2019 Lucas was born premature with a cleft palate, and then developed strep, meningitis, sepsis and several other serious medical conditions. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "9-year-old born with medical challenges overcomes the odds and participates in marathon with dad," 1 Oct. 2019 David Ireland has spent the last week in the Intensive Care Unit at a Florida Hospital in critical condition following his diagnosis of necrotizing fasciitis in group A strep, according to a GoFundMe set up by his brother Daniel Ireland. Joelle Goldstein,, "Florida Man Who Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria Has 25 Percent of His Skin Removed," 27 Aug. 2019 The specific type of bacteria that commonly causes necrotizing fasciitis (or flesh-eating bacteria), a strain of group A strep, can be extremely aggressive, says Dr. Raabe. Christina Oehler,, "Can You Get Flesh Eating Bacteria From a Pool?," 27 Aug. 2019 Different bacteria or bacterial mixes can cause the condition, but the most common is group A strep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Flesh-eating bacteria: What you need to know," 26 June 2019 Contact with Group A strep or V. vulnificus rarely leads to infection in healthy teenagers and adults, but anyone with open wounds should avoid swimming pools, hot tubs and natural bodies of water like lakes, rivers, estuaries and oceans. NBC News, "What to know about flesh-eating bacteria infections," 1 July 2019 Identified in 1999, PANDAS is a relatively new and controversial pediatric disorder where exposure to Group A strep, which causes strep throat, can trigger severe OCD symptoms. Erin Quinn-kong, Good Housekeeping, "Their Son Tested Positive for Strep Throat. Then Came the Severe OCD, Anxiety, and Hallucinations.," 2 Jan. 2019 Hospital staff tested the boy for strep, diagnosed him with a common cold and gave him Tylenol, the timeline said. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Homeland Security Steps Up Medical Services for Migrants After Two Children Die," 26 Dec. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Strep.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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noun, often attributive
\ ˈstrep How to pronounce strep (audio) \

Medical Definition of strep

: streptococcus a strep infection

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