Medical Dictionary


noun staph·y·lo·coc·cus \ˌstaf-ə-lō-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of STAPHYLOCOCCUS

capitalized :  a genus of nonmotile gram-positive spherical bacteria that is placed in either of two families (Staphylococcaceae or Micrococcaceae), contains forms occurring singly, in pairs or tetrads, or in irregular clusters, and includes causative agents of various diseases and disorders (as food poisoning, skin infections, and endocarditis)
plural staph·y·lo·coc·ci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī\ :  any bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus; broadly :  micrococcus 2


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