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The lack of hemolytic activity in the area surrounding a bacterial colony on blood agar.


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 nonhemolysis (or gamma hemolysis) on blood agar plates.

Synonym: gamma hemolysis
Compare: alpha hemolysis, beta hemolysis