staphylococcus [ staf- uh-l uh- kok- uhs ] SHOW IPA / ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk əs / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural staph·y·lo·coc·ci [staf- uh-l uh- kok-sahy]. /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk saɪ/. Bacteriology. 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.
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Origin of staphylococcus
From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at
coccus OTHER WORDS FROM staphylococcus staph·y·lo·coc·cal [staf- uh-l uh- kok- uhl], /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk əl/, staph·y·lo·coc·cic [staf- uh-l uh- kok-sik], /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk sɪk/, adjective Words nearby staphylococcus staphylion
staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
Staphylococcus pyogenes albus
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How to use staphylococcus in a sentence British Dictionary definitions for staphylococcus noun plural -cocci ( -ˈkɒkaɪ, US -ˈkɒksaɪ) 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 Derived forms of staphylococcus staphylococcal ( ˌstæfɪləʊˈkɒk) əl or staphylococcic ( ˌstæfɪləʊˈkɒkɪk, US -ˈkɒksɪk), adjective Word Origin for staphylococcus
staphylo- (in the sense: like a bunch of grapes) + coccus so called because of their shape
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Medical definitions for staphylococcus n. pl. staph•y•lo•coc•ci ( -kŏk) ′sī, -kŏk ′ī A spherical gram-positive parasitic bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, usually occurring in clusters and causing boils, septicemia, and other infections. Other words from staphylococcus staph′y•lo•coc ( ′cal -kŏk) null ′əl adj.
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Scientific definitions for staphylococcus Plural staphylococci ( stăf′ə-lō-kŏk) ′sī, -kŏk ′ī 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 staphylococcus [ (staf-uh-loh- kok-uhs) ]
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