• WordNet 3.6
    • n streptococcus spherical Gram-positive bacteria occurring in pairs or chains; cause e.g. scarlet fever and tonsillitis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Streptococcus (Biol) A long or short chain of micrococci, more or less curved.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n streptococcus A genus of bacteria belonging to the family Coccaceæ. The cells are spherical, frequently forming chains; flagella are wanting. Division is in but one direction. The species are mostly associated with pathogenic conditions of animal tissues. S. pyogenes is a common pus-forming species.
    • n streptococcus A bacterium of the genus Streptococcus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. pliant, curved + a grain, seed


In literature:

They were proved to contain the streptococcus or germ of erysipelas.
"Doctor Therne" by H. Rider Haggard
The streptococcus has less capacity of liquefying the tissues than the staphylococcus, so that pus formation takes place more slowly.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
CAUSE: Distemper is placed among the germ diseases, and is produced by the Streptococcus of Schutz.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Streptococcus lanceolatus (Diplococcus pneumoniae or pneumococcus).
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Micrococci (streptococcus) which produce inflammation of the lining membranes of the abdomen, thorax, heart, brain, and joints.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Which may be weakened by a streptococcus.
"Domesday Book" by Edgar Lee Masters
A streptococcus infection produces somewhat similar and often quite as disastrous results.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various

In news:

The leading cause of cavities is a bacterium, Streptococcus mutans.
Infection by Streptococcus mutans is a leading cause of bacterial endocarditis .
IntelligentMDx Announces CE-Marking of a new high-throughput test for Group B Streptococcus intended to improve women's health and prenatal care.
3 Liposuction Patients Diagnosed With Streptococcus, 1 Dies.
The bacteria, known as group A streptococcus , can be particularly harmful in skin infections but are rarely found living on medical tools or elsewhere in the environment, outside the body.
Strep throat is a result of a bacterial infection with Group A Streptococcus .
Streptococcus suis will be experienced by virtually every production system.
A Harvard School of Public Health study predicts as many as 40 percent of the strains of a dangerous form of strep ( Streptococcus pneumoniae) could be resistant to two common antibiotics by next year.
When the Gillette News-Record asked Sept 5 about rumors of a Streptococcus A outbreak, hospital spokeswoman Karen Clarke said there were only rumors.
Streptococcus milleri head and neck abscesses: A case series.
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a leading cause of bacterial pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis in children worldwide.
The prevalence of macrolide resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae has risen in recent years after the introduction of new macrolides and their increased use.
The urgency associated with addressing Streptococcus pneumoniae has only increased with the appearance of antibiotic-resistant strains.
Your toothbrush could be carrying more than 1 million bacteria, including pathogens like streptococcus, staphylococcus and E. Coli, especially if you haven't replaced it in four months.
Since the group A Streptococcus bacteria are commonly found in throat, direct contact with mucus of a person with the disease can spread the bacteria .