streptococcus

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noun strep·to·coc·cus \-ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of streptococcus

plural

streptococci

play \-ˈkä-ˌkī, -(ˌ)kē; -ˈkäk-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\
  1. :  any of a genus (Streptococcus) of spherical or ovoid chiefly nonmotile and parasitic gram-positive bacteria that divide only in one plane, occur in pairs or chains, and include important pathogens of humans and domestic animals; broadly :  a coccus occurring in chains

Origin and Etymology of streptococcus

New Latin


First Known Use: 1877


STREPTOCOCCUS Defined for English Language Learners

streptococcus

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noun strep·to·coc·cus \-ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of streptococcus for English Language Learners

  • medical : a type of bacteria that causes diseases in people and animals


Medical Dictionary

streptococcus

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noun strep·to·coc·cus \-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of streptococcus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of spherical or ovoid chiefly nonmotile and parasitic gram-positive bacteria (family Streptococcaceae) that divide only in one plane, occur in pairs or chains, and include important pathogens of humans and domestic animals

  2. 2plural streptococci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī\play play :  any bacterium of the genus Streptococcus; broadly :  a coccus occurring in chains


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