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streptococcus Line breaks: strepto|coc¦cus
Pronunciation: /ˌstrɛptə(ʊ)ˈkɒkəs/

Definition of streptococcus in English:

noun (plural streptococci ˌstrɛptə(ʊ)ˈkɒk(s)ʌɪˌstrɛptə(ʊ)ˈkɒk(s)iː)

A bacterium of a genus that includes the agents of souring of milk and dental decay, and haemolytic pathogens causing various infections such as scarlet fever and pneumonia.
Example sentences
  • Then a starter culture of lactic streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria is added.
  • Other agents occasionally implicated are pneumococci, staphylococci, streptococci, and Candida albicans.
  • Impetigo is a skin infection that is generally caused by one of two bacteria: Group A streptococcus or Staphylococcus aureus.



Pronunciation: /ˌstrɛptə(ʊ)ˈkɒk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The pink skin and welts came from an interesting side effect of infection from the streptococcal bacteria that cause strep throat.
  • Common bacteria involved in brain abscesses include streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria.
  • It's a mystery why all cases of rheumatic fever occur after a sore throat that was caused by streptococcal bacteria, but only a few cases of strep throat lead to rheumatic fever.

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