Alpha hemolysis

Definition

noun

A partial hemolysis on blood agar plates as indicated by a green discoloration around the bacterial colony.


Supplement

The hemolytic reactions of streptococci on blood agar plates can be used for their preliminary identification and classification. For instance, Streptococcus pneumoniae forms alpha hemolysis, Streptococcus pyogenes forms beta hemolysis, and Enterococcus faecalis displays gamma hemolysis on blood agar plates.

Variant: α-hemolysis.

Synonyms:


Compare: beta hemolysis, gamma hemolysis


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