strep

noun

often attributive

Examples of strep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bacterial species group A Streptococcus, or group A strep, is the most common culprit behind necrotizing fasciitis. Bill Sullivan, Fortune Well, 25 Sep. 2023 Instead of the typical flu season, the U.S. endured a record mix of invasive strep infections, flu, RSV, enteroviruses and other respiratory illnesses that competed with Covid to make most Americans sick at some point. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 4 June 2023 The strep and staph that Schmidt’s team found had been there for years, maybe decades. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2023 Lymph nodes in the gut may become inflamed during a strep infection, causing pain in small children. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2023 Pete Shepherd, director of the county's Public Health Department, told ABC News there were reports of illnesses including COVID, strep and stomach viruses during the first two weeks of school. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 25 Aug. 2023 In Massachusetts, about 200 to 400 invasive strep cases annually have been reported by hospitals to the state health department between 2015 and this year. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Dec. 2022 Possibly a strep infection or a genetic kidney problem that wasn't seen in anyone else in the family. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 Mom Warns Other Parents After Son's Legs Are Amputated Following Strep and Influenza A Case Although there is no vaccine for Strep A, the CDC says the the best way to avoid strep is by practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands often. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 25 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strep was in 1927

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Cite this Entry

“Strep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strep. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

strep

noun

Medical Definition

strep

noun
often attributive
: streptococcus
a strep infection
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