Medical Definition of Flesh-eating bacteria

1. A strain of Group A streptococcus which, in severe cases, can destroy tissue as fast as surgeons can cut it out. The rapid destruction of tissue caused by these bacteria is localised, so it is unlikely to be caused by a general overstimulation of the immune system by, for example: superantigen exotoxin A. Instead, the invasive strains of strep A probably have other toxin such as exotoxin B, an enzyme (i.e. A cysteine protease) that destroys tissue by breaking down protein. (09 Oct 1997)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flesh-eating Bacteria

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flenching
flense
flensed
flenser
flensers
flenses
flensing
flerd
flerovium
fleroxacin
flesh
flesh-colored
flesh-coloured
flesh-eating(a)
flesh-eating bacteria (current term)
flesh-fly
flesh and blood
flesh fly
flesh loaf
flesh loaves
flesh out
flesh wound
flesh wounds
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fleshcoloured
fleshed
fleshed out
fleshers

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