strepto-


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strepto-

pref.
1. Twisted; twisted chain: streptococcus.
2. Streptococcus: streptolysin.

[From Greek streptos, twisted , from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.]
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strepto-

combining form
1. indicating a shape resembling a twisted chain: streptococcus.
2. (Microbiology) indicating streptococcus: streptolysin.
[from Greek streptos twisted, from strephein to twist]
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strepto-

a combining form meaning “twisted”: streptococcus.
[comb. form of Greek streptós pliant, twisted, v. adj. of stréphein to twist]
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Thrombolytic activity of water (control), streptokinase and various extracts of the whole plant of Andrographis paniculata Activity Water n-hexane Ethanol Crude Strepto- soluble soluble ethanol kinase fraction fraction extract Thrombolytic 50.14 30.38 60.92 * 65.97 * 96.58 *** activity (% of Lysis) * = P<0.05; *** = P<0.01 Table 3.
Some bacterial cells exist as individuals, whereas others group together to form pairs (diplo-), chains (strepto-), clusters (staphylo-), or other arrangements.