streptococcal

adjective

strep·​to·​coc·​cal ˌstrep-tə-ˈkä-kəl How to pronounce streptococcal (audio)
variants or less commonly streptococcic
: of, relating to, caused by, or being streptococci
a streptococcal sore throat
streptococcal organisms

Examples of streptococcal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parents of a 14-year-old boy in Tennessee made the difficult decision to amputate their son's hands and feet in order to save his life, following a diagnosis of pneumonia and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome that sent him into cardiac arrest. Nikki Dobrin, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 After elixir of sulfanilamide, a drug used to treat streptococcal infections, killed 107 people in 1937, Congress created the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Jen Christensen, CNN, 14 Apr. 2023 Invasive strep can trigger skin infections like flesh-eating disease, lower airway infections like pneumonia, or streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, an immune reaction that can lead to organ failure. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 19 Apr. 2023 The analysis focused on the same diagnoses as those examined in the Hawaii study: asthma with exacerbation, acute bronchitis, acute sinusitis, acute pharyngitis including streptococcal pharyngitis, acute conjunctivitis, cough, headache, all pneumonias, and other acute airway problems. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2021 Analysis of streptococcal CRISPRs from human saliva reveals substantial sequence diversity within and between subjects over time. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 13 Dec. 2010 The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has asked local clinicians to promptly report cases of Group A Streptococcus, including cases of necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2022 Other early symptoms can include fever, severe pain and a red, warm, or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly in the case of flesh-eating disease, and fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Dec. 2022 Streptococcus pyogenes, a spherical bacteria that typically grows in long chains, can cause minor infections like impetigo to potentially deadly diseases like streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streptococcal was in 1877

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“Streptococcal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/streptococcal. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

streptococcal

adjective
strep·​to·​coc·​cal ˌstrep-tə-ˈkäk-əl How to pronounce streptococcal (audio)
variants also streptococcic
: of, relating to, caused by, or being streptococci
a streptococcal sore throat
streptococcal organisms
streptococcal gingivitis
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