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 Instead, Triumph had an issue with strep throat, Clark told Bradley. USA Today, "‘They think workers are like dogs.’ How pork plant execs sacrificed safety for profits.," 12 Nov. 2020 The airport hasn’t caught anyone yet with COVID-19, but did send an employee home who ended up having strep throat. Dallas News, "Can thermal cameras slow COVID-19 spread? Airports are the testing ground for new tech," 11 Oct. 2020 While antigen testing can be faster — as is the case in rapid strep throat tests — the health department for now has classified its results as probable due to a slightly lower accuracy rate. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota reports 15 more COVID-19 deaths, 2,178 infections," 27 Oct. 2020 Whether it’s because of his recovery from strep throat or looming punishment for a DUI, Melvin Gordon doesn’t pose a threat to Lindsay’s usage this week. Phil Thompson,, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 7: Avoid the ‘Q Continuum’ and ride with a healthy Chris Godwin and Phillip Lindsay," 23 Oct. 2020 The symptoms associated with COVID-19 also can be symptoms of both influenza, strep throat or allergies. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'No one easy answer': What to know about taking your child for coronavirus testing," 8 Oct. 2020 That’s why bacterial infections such as strep throat have fairly straightforward treatments, Wu said. Emily Brindley,, "Connecticut doctors are rapidly changing tactics in their battle against COVID-19. But are they saving more lives?," 1 Oct. 2020 Many Americans have been puzzled to find that their best efforts to avoid COVID-19 have not always protected them from less troubling infections such as colds, stomach bugs and strep throat. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, "Why Some People Are Still Getting Sick--but Not with COVID," 2 Oct. 2020 Cash prices are posted in price sheets online and in waiting rooms: $40 for basic office visit and $20 to test for strep throat, for example. John Tozzi,, "Walmart’s Next Health Foray Is Medicare Plan With Startup Clover," 1 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strep throat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of strep throat

1927, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about strep throat

Time Traveler for strep throat

Time Traveler

The first known use of strep throat was in 1927

See more words from the same year

Statistics for strep throat

Last Updated

24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strep throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for strep throat

strep throat


English Language Learners Definition of strep throat

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

strep throat

\ ˈstrep- \

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

More from Merriam-Webster on strep throat Encyclopedia article about strep throat

Comments on strep throat

What made you want to look up strep throat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!