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English definition of “streptococcus”

streptococcus

noun [C] uk   /ˌstrep.təˈkɒk.əs/ us    /-ˈkɑː.kəs/ (plural streptococci) specialized
a bacterium, many types of which cause disease: Tonsillitis is normally caused by infection with streptococci.Bacteria, moulds, germs and viruses
streptococcal
adjective uk   /-ˈkɒk.l̩/ us    /-ˈkɑː.kl̩/
Pneumonia tends to be caused by streptococcal or viral infection.Bacteria, moulds, germs and viruses
(Definition of streptococcus from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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