staph

noun

: staphylococcus
also : an infection with staphylococci

Examples of staph in a Sentence

a resistant strain of staph
Recent Examples on the Web Well before the 2023 season began, Power’s wife Liz was rushed to the hospital with a 106-degree fever stemming from a staph infection in her back that led to emergency spinal surgery. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2024 At least two people have contracted staph infections, the complaint adds. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2023 However, the researchers only found an association between staph and worse symptoms—not that the presence of staph was the actual reason.5 How Does a Cold Differ from the Flu? Sarah Klein, Health, 8 May 2023 Tim Flannery’s rollicking life as an athlete and a musician was nearly cut short by a staph infection. Scott Miller, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Ozzy was in the middle of his No More Tours 2 trek, his final world tour, in 2018 when a staph infection forced him off the road. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 6 Sep. 2023 Neither is effective and the Milwaukee Brewers win three in a row. 1986: Invaluable rookie first baseman Wally Joyner develops a staph infection in his leg and misses the final three games of the ALCS against Boston after the Angels take a three-games-to-one lead. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Attorney Ken Fulginiti told NBC News last year that Easton had undergone three operations total and battled a staph infection. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 15 Aug. 2023 The strep and staph that Schmidt’s team found had been there for years, maybe decades. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of staph was circa 1933

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Cite this Entry

“Staph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staph. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

staph

noun
: staphylococcus
also : an infection with staphylococci

Medical Definition

staph

noun
: staphylococcus sense 2
also : an infection with staphylococci
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