streptococcus etymology

English word streptococcus comes from English -coccus (Any spherical microorganism.), English strepto- (Having the form of a twisted chain. Twisted.)

Detailed word origin of streptococcus

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-coccus English (eng) Any spherical microorganism.
strepto- English (eng) Having the form of a twisted chain. Twisted.
streptococcus English (eng) A spherical, gram-positive bacterium of the genus Streptococcus. Although commonly found benignly in the human mouth and gut, and though many species are non-pathogenic, other species can cause diseases including strep throat and more serious conditions.

Words with the same origin as streptococcus

Descendants of -coccus
meningococcal meningococcus micrococcal micrococcus pneumococcal pneumococcus strep