staph

noun
\ ˈstaf How to pronounce staph (audio) \

Definition of staph

: staphylococcus also : an infection with staphylococci

Examples of staph in a Sentence

a resistant strain of staph
Recent Examples on the Web Consider the case of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause diseases ranging from minor skin infections to pneumonia and drug-resistant staph infections. Quanta Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 Very contagious skin infections like staph or ringworm can theoretically transmit between two people via bed linens, Dr. Russo says. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 24 Nov. 2021 John had a brain bleed and staph infection, while his sister underwent open-heart surgery, Perell writes. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 When a staph infection killed Molly Cordell’s mother just before Halloween in 2015, Molly felt, almost immediately, as if she were being shoved out of her own life. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 When a staph infection killed Molly Cordell’s mother just before Halloween in 2015, Molly felt, almost immediately, as if she were being shoved out of her own life. Elinor Carucci, ProPublica, 1 Dec. 2021 Timeline 1962-1972 - Clandestine services officer in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe; forced to retire due to a severe staph infection. CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 Bacharach related an anecdote about his son Oliver, who was hospitalized with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection. The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 His left foot was in a boot from the start of spring training because of surgery following a staph infection. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of staph

circa 1933, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Staph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staph. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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staph

noun
\ ˈstaf How to pronounce staph (audio) \

Medical Definition of staph

: staphylococcus sense 2 also : an infection with staphylococci

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