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Streptococcus

 [strep″to-kok´us]
a genus of gram-positive, facultatively aerobic cocci (family Streptococcaceae) occurring in pairs or chains. It is separable into the pyogenic group, the viridans group, the enterococcus group, and the lactic group. The first group includes the beta-hemolytic human and animal pathogens; the second and third include alpha-hemolytic parasitic forms occurring as normal flora in the upper respiratory tract and the intestinal tract, respectively; and the fourth is made up of saprophytic forms.
Streptococcus mu´tans a species implicated in dental caries.
Streptococcus pneumo´niae a small, slightly elongated, encapsulated coccus, one end of which is pointed or lance-shaped; the organisms commonly occur in pairs. This is the most common cause of lobar pneumonia, and it also causes serious forms of meningitis, septicemia, empyema, and peritonitis. There are some 80 serotypes distinguished by the polysaccharide hapten of the capsular substance. Called also pneumococcus.
Streptococcus pyo´genes a beta-hemolytic, toxigenic, pyogenic species that causes septic sore throat, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, puerperal fever, acute glomerulonephritis, and other conditions in humans.

streptococcus

 [strep″to-kok´us]
an organism of the genus Streptococcus. adj., adj streptococ´cal, streptococ´cic.
hemolytic streptococcus any streptococcus capable of hemolyzing erythrocytes, classified as α-hemolytic or viridans type, producing a zone of greenish discoloration much smaller than the clear zone produced by the β type about the colony on blood agar; and the β-hemolytic type, producing a clear zone of hemolysis immediately around the colony on blood agar. The β group contains the most virulent streptococci and is divided into serotype subgroups designated by letters (e.g., Group A).

Streptococcus

(strep'tō-kok'ŭs),
A genus of nonmotile (with few exceptions), non-spore-forming, aerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria (family Lactobacillaceae) containing gram-positive, spheric or ovoid cells that occur in pairs or in short or long chains. Dextrorotatory lactic acid is the main product of carbohydrate fermentation. These organisms occur regularly in the mouth and intestines of humans and other animals, in dairy and other food products, and in fermenting plant juices. Some species are pathogenic. The type species is Streptococcus pyogenes.
[strepto- + G. kokkos, berry (coccus)]

strep·to·coc·cus

, pl.

strep·to·coc·ci

(strep'tō-kok'ŭs, -kok'sī),
A term used to refer to any member of the genus Streptococcus.

streptococcus

(strĕp′tə-kŏk′əs)
n. pl. strepto·cocci (-kŏk′sī, -kŏk′ī)
Any of various round gram-positive bacteria of the genus Streptococcus that occur in pairs or chains and can cause various infections in humans, including strep throat, erysipelas, and scarlet fever.

strep·to·coc·cal (-kŏk′əl), strep·to·coc·cic (-kŏk′sĭk, -kŏk′ĭk) adj.

Strep·to·coc·cus

(strep'tō-kok'ŭs)
A genus of nonmotile, non-spore-forming, aerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria containing gram-positive, spheric, or ovoid cells that occur in pairs or short or long chains. These organisms occur regularly in the mouth and intestines of humans and other animals, in dairy products and other foods, and in fermenting plant juices. Some species are pathogenic.
[strepto- + G. kokkos, berry (coccus)]

strep·to·coc·cus

, pl. streptococci (strep'tō-kok'ŭs,-sī)
A term used to refer to any member of the genus Streptococcus.

streptococcus

Any of a range of spherical or ovoid bacteria of the genus Streptococcus that occur in chains or in pairs. See also STEPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS.

streptococcus

(pl. streptococci) 1 bacterial cocci that consist of chains of DIPLOCOCCI.

A genus of Gram-positive cocci (see GRAM'S STAIN such as Streptococcus mutans which can cause dental caries, Streptococcus pyogenes which can cause scarlet fever and streptococcal sore throat, and Streptococcus pneumoniae which can cause bacterial PNEUMONIA and was formerly called DIPLOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE.

Streptococcus (plural, streptococci)

Any of several species of bacteria that are spherical in shape and form pairs or chains. Streptococci cause scarlet fever, tonsillitis, and pneumonia, and are often involved in lymphadenitis.

Strep·to·coc·cus

(strep'tō-kok'ŭs)
A genus of nonmotile non-spore-forming, aerobic to facultatively anaerobic bacteria containing gram-positive, spheric or ovoid cells that occur regularly in mouth and intestines of humans and in dairy and other food products, and in fermenting plant juices.
[strepto- + G. kokkos, berry (coccus)]

Patient discussion about Streptococcus

Q. What Is Streptococcal Pneumonia? I have heard that I might have streptococcal pneumonia. What exactly does that mean?

A. Streptococcal pneumonia is a disease caused by the streptoccus bacteria. It is one of the most common causes of pneumonia in healthy people. You can learn more about bacterial pneumonia here-
http://www.5min.com/Video/Pneumonia---Viral-or-Bacterial--9552

Q. My friend think she has strep in her throat. What should she do. She doesn't want to take antibiotics. Her glands are swollen and she feels kinda out of it. Any more information or links would be greatly appreciated.

A. she should go to a Dr. that will take a look and a swab of the area. if he'll suspect a Strep. he'll give her antibiotics before getting results. it's important to follow antibiotic instructions ("10 days, 3 times a day"..).those infection can progress to other organs like the heart valves (very common) and cause chronic heart failure.

Q. 5 year old son diagnosed with streptococcus must I give him antibiotics? He is 5 years old and never received antibiotics before. He feels good and does not complain of any problem. The doctor said he should take antibiotics for 10 days. Is it mandatory?

A. Thanks a lot for your help, I will follow your advice.

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