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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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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of staphylo-
Combining form representing Greek staphylḗ
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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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