streptococcus

noun
strep·​to·​coc·​cus | \ ˌstrep-tə-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce streptococcus (audio) \
plural streptococci\ ˌstrep-​tə-​ˈkä-​ˌkī How to pronounce streptococcus (audio) , -​(ˌ)kē ; -​ˈkäk-​ˌsī , -​(ˌ)sē \

Definition of streptococcus

: 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

Examples of streptococcus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Multifocal pneumonia can also be caused by a bacteria like streptococcus pneumoniae or legionella pneumophila, or a fungus like pneumocystis pneumonia, coccidioidomycosis, or cryptococcus, Dr. Casciari says. Korin Miller, Health.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Toxic shock syndrome is specifically caused by some types of staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria that produce toxins, the Mayo Clinic explains. Lauren Gruber, SELF, 16 June 2021 Bacterial infections like Lyme disease, streptococcus, and chlamydia can also lead to myocarditis, Medline Plus says. Korin Miller, Health.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Hayden was intubated, the suit states, and soon diagnosed with GBS meningitis—also known as Group B strep, which is caused by a bacteria (Group B streptococcus) commonly found in gastrointestinal and genital tracts. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2020 What causes it: Bacteria, usually group A streptococcus (strep) or Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria. Jessica Grose, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2020 As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report says, all pregnant women should be screened at 35 to 37 weeks gestation for group B streptococcus. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 20 Apr. 2020 Philippines health secretary Francisco Duque III said the man also suffered from streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza. NBC News, 2 Feb. 2020 Treatments include combatting highly contagious illnesses such as MRSA, Norovirus, influenza, and streptococcus. cleveland, 29 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of streptococcus

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for streptococcus

New Latin

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streptococcus

noun
strep·​to·​coc·​cus | \ -ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce streptococcus (audio) \

Medical Definition of streptococcus

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 plural streptococci\ -​ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī How to pronounce streptococcus (audio) \ : any bacterium of the genus Streptococcus broadly : a coccus occurring in chains

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