strep throat

noun

: 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 For example, strep throat is often treated with antibiotics. Leah Groth, Health, 16 Dec. 2023 No, antibiotics treat bacterial infections like strep throat or certain skin infections. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2023 Penicillin is available by prescription and can treat gram-positive bacteria that cause illnesses such as strep throat, tetanus, and tonsillitis. Jenny Sweigard, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 Most Americans are familiar with medical tests like those used to screen for COVID-19, strep throat and other health conditions. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2023 According to Stevenson and Valencia, most children who test positive for strep throat have: Sore throat. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 28 Oct. 2023 The vast majority of infections from Streptococcus only result in symptoms like strep throat, alongside other germs that spread largely from the nose and throat. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 1 June 2023 Some antibiotics are still scarce following the winter flu season when doctors and patients frantically chased medicines for ailments like strep throat. Christina Jewett, New York Times, 17 May 2023 Scarlet Fever Scarlet fever is caused by a toxin produced by group A streptococcus (the bacteria that causes a strep throat infection) and presents as a rash on the face or neck, and spreads to the chest, torso, arms, and legs, says Dr. Jacobs. Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 8 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strep throat was in 1927

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“Strep throat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strep%20throat. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

strep throat

noun
: a sore throat that is marked by inflammation of the throat and pharynx and by fever and weakness and is caused by infection with streptococci

Medical Definition

strep throat

noun
: 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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