Definition of streptococcus
streptococciplay \-ˈkä-ˌkī, -(ˌ)kē; -ˈkäk-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\
: 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
Recent Examples of streptococcus from the Web
Allicin, a compound in garlic, might inhibit activity of group A streptococcus, the bacteria that causes the condition.
Pediatricians are extremely eager to have a streptococcus A vaccine, especially as more antibiotics fail to control the infection.
The discovery could help the long fight to find a vaccine against Group A streptococcus bacteria, which cause strep throat, scarlet fever and rheumatic heart disease.
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Origin and Etymology of streptococcus
First Known Use: 1877See Words from the same year
STREPTOCOCCUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of streptococcus for English Language Learners
medical : a type of bacteria that causes diseases in people and animals
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
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