methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

noun

Definition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

: MRSA The germ is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. People can carry it on their skin or in their noses with no symptoms and still infect others—the reason many hospitals isolate and test new patients to see if they harbor the bug.— Marilynn Marcione, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Republican, 28 Oct. 2008

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First Known Use of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/methicillin-resistant%20Staphylococcus%20aureus. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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