any of several spherical bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus, occurring in pairs, tetrads, and irregular clusters, certain species of which, as S. aureus, can be pathogenic for humans.
- staph·y·lo·coc·cal [staf-uh-luh-kok-uhl], /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk əl/, staph·y·lo·coc·cic [staf-uh-luh-kok-sik], /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk sɪk/, adjective
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How to use staphylococcus in a sentence
Discharges which have continued for some time are practically always contaminated with the staphylococcus.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The staphylococcus, bacillus of Friedlnder, colon bacillus, and Bacillus pyocyaneus may be met in chronic middle-ear disease.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The bacterial infection was proved by culture from the eyes and nose, usually yielding the staphylococcus.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
From the softened parts Mr. Somerville Hastings succeeded in obtaining staphylococcus pyogenes aureus in pure culture.
The administration of staphylococcus vaccine causes only temporary improvement in most instances.
British Dictionary definitions for staphylococcus
any spherical Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, typically occurring in clusters and including many pathogenic species, causing boils, infection in wounds, and septicaemia: family Micrococcaceae: Often shortened to: staph
- staphylococcal (ˌstæfɪləʊˈkɒkəl) or staphylococcic (ˌstæfɪləʊˈkɒkɪk, US -ˈkɒksɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for staphylococcus
Any of various bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus that are gram-positive cocci and are normally found on the skin and mucous membranes of warm-blooded animals. Pathogenic strains such as S. aureus commonly cause infections of the skin, bones, lungs and other organs. Some staphylococcal disease, such as food poisoning, is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria.
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Cultural definitions for staphylococcus
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