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  • n. Plural form of streptococcus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A chain of micrococci linked together, occurring in some specific diseases.

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  • n. spherical Gram-positive bacteria occurring in pairs or chains; cause e.g. scarlet fever and tonsillitis


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