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1. Twisted; twisted chain: streptococcus.
2. Streptococcus: streptolysin.
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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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a combining form meaning “twisted”: streptococcus.
[comb. form of Greek streptós pliant, twisted, v. adj. of stréphein to twist]
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