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a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “bunch of grapes,” “uvula,” used with these meanings, and also with reference to the palate and to staphylococci, in the formation of compound words: staphyloplasty.
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Origin of staphylo-
Combining form representing Greek staphylḗ
Words nearby staphylo-
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British Dictionary definitions for staphylo-
resembling a bunch of grapesstaphylococcus
Word Origin for staphylo-
from Greek staphulē bunch of grapes, uvula
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Medical definitions for staphylo-
Cluster; resembling a cluster:staphylococcus.
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