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Hemolysis is used in the empirical identification of microorganisms based on the ability of bacterial colonies grown on agar plates to break down red blood cells in the culture. When the organism has been grown on blood agar plates, it can be classified with regard to whether or not it has caused hemolysis in the red blood cells (RBCs) incorporated in the medium. This is of particular importance in the classification of streptococcal species. A substance that causes hemolysis is a hemolysin.
Additional recommended knowledge
While a blood agar plate may contain varying concentrations of RBCs and may use blood from a variety of animals, clinical results are most often reported on 5-10% sheep blood agar plates (SBAP).
Types of hemolysis
1The CAMP test is so called from the initials of those who initially described it, R. Christie, N. E. Atkins, and E. Munch-Peterson.
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