strep throat


Definition of strep throat

: an inflammatory sore throat caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and marked by fever, prostration, and toxemia

called also septic sore throat

Examples of strep throat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An example is rheumatic fever, which can be triggered by Streptococcus bacteria in the form of strep throat or scarlet fever. Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 Researchers at Stanford are exploring immune pathways by which certain infections (for example, strep throat) can trigger pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome in some children. Meghan O'rourke, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2021 Justin Fall, who did not pitch last week due to strep throat, likely would fill one of those spots in the rotation with the other to be determined until Tolman returns. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2021 The bacteria that cause strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease that can cause permanent heart damage. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2021 Multiple sclerosis is often associated with the commonplace Epstein-Barr virus, rheumatic fever with the same bacteria that cause strep throat, and Lyme, famously, with bites from ticks that carry a spirochete called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ross Douthat, Star Tribune, 2 Feb. 2021 Robertson recounted how when his seven kids got strep throat, he was required to take each one in individually to get checked by a doctor. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021 Anyway, at least Izzy doesn’t have COVID-19 — just two kidney infections, a UTI, and strep throat. Justin Curto, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2021 Two weeks ago when the Frogs played West Virginia, Davis tested positive for strep throat and was unable to play in Morgantown. Katherine Griffith, Dallas News, 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of strep throat

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strep throat was in 1927

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17 May 2021

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“Strep throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strep throat

US, medical : a painful infection of the throat caused by streptococcus bacteria

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Kids Definition of strep throat

: a sore throat that is accompanied by fever and caused by a bacterium

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Medical Definition of strep throat

: an inflammatory sore throat caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and marked by fever, prostration, and toxemia

called also septic sore throat, strep sore throat

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