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 Eczema triggers tend to be things that dry out your skin, but psoriasis triggers are often linked to the immune system (like strep throat). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 3 June 2022 These centers are equipped to handle minor procedures such as X-rays and stitches and common diagnoses such as the flu or strep throat. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 Randolph’s ability to provide treatments for flu and strep throat is somewhat unusual. Michelle Andrews, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2022 People will come for services like flu shots and treatment for ailments like strep throat. NBC News, 31 Mar. 2022 He's been out because of a sore left hamstring, a sore right Achilles, strep throat and COVID-19 health and safety protocols. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2022 Manufacturers are developing new types of at-home tests, including for flu and strep throat, aimed at consumers who are increasingly monitoring and managing their own health through fitness apps and smartwatches. Austen Hufford, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 Another alarming stat: zero points and zero assists from starting guard Trey Pulliam, who continues to struggle after a long practice absence because of strep throat and a COVID-19 quarantine. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 There’s also a reason medical professionals are the ones who perform throat swabs for other infections, such as strep throat. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strep throat

1927, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2022

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“Strep throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for strep throat

strep throat

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Kids Definition of strep throat

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

strep throat


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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