Pronunciation: (strep"tu-kok'us), [key]
—pl. -coc•ciPronunciation: (-kok'sī, -sē). [key] Bacteriol.
any of several spherical or oval bacteria of the genus Streptococcus, occurring in pairs or chains, certain species of which are pathogenic for humans, causing scarlet fever, tonsillitis, etc.
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