\ 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

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In fact, when researchers in a small 2012 American Journal of Infection Control study took 99 samples from various surfaces within a large university fitness center, none of the 10 staph-containing samples were the resistant kind. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019 Streptococcus A is the bacteria that causes most cases of nectrotizing fasciitis, but Shamoon noted that other types of bacteria, including staph, clostridium, E.coli, and pseudomonas, also can lead to the infection. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Wanna swim? Here's how to protect yourself from bacteria, parasites," 4 July 2019 Though a common germ, staph can sometimes cause skin or wound infections, pneumonia, blood infections and in more extreme cases, sepsis or even death, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A dozen cases of MRSA confirmed in Pittsburgh hospital NICU," 2 July 2019 It is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency as a disinfectant and sanitizer that can kill 99.9 percent of salmonella, norovirus, influenza A, staph, and other germs. Janelle Nanos,, "A Burlington startup lets you make your own nontoxic cleaners at home," 20 June 2019 The base surrounds the brush on all sides with UV light set at specific wavelengths to kill germs like E. coli and staph. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Never Touch a Dirty Toilet Brush Again," 6 May 2019 Ananda Hemp’s oil has shown 99.9 percent antimicrobial effectiveness against staph and MRSA in tests. Laurel Leicht, Marie Claire, "An Expert Answers All Your Questions About CBD," 26 Mar. 2019 Barker, according to the news outlet, is now suffering from staph and skin infections, in addition to battling blood clots. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker's recovery hits setback," 21 June 2018 District schools are cleaned regularly with a broad-spectrum micro-organism-killing solution that is effective against germs including those associated with flu, colds, staph, and MRSA, Daggett said. Jeanne Houck,, "Here's what Greater Cincinnati schools are doing about the flu," 23 Jan. 2018

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circa 1933, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of staph

medical : a group of bacteria that cause many common illnesses (such as skin infections and food poisoning)


\ ˈstaf How to pronounce staph (audio) \

Medical Definition of staph

: staphylococcus sense 2 also : an infection with staphylococci

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