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noun Informal.
  1. staphylococcus.
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Origin of staph

First recorded in 1930–35; by shortening
Can be confusedstaff staph
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Word Origin and History for staph

colloquial short form of staphylococcus, attested from 1933.

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staph in Medicine


  1. Staphylococcus.
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Related formsstaph adj.
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