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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 A few weeks ago, Miller’s lab couldn’t run the gold-standard test for the dangerous staph infection MRSA. NBC News, "How Covid test supply shortages could cause a 'public health crisis' of undiagnosed STIs," 5 Dec. 2020 Former Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery, who has dealt with a dangerous and persistent staph infection since mid-October, said in an Instagram post Wednesday night that he has been discharged from his second hospital stay. Staff And News Services,, "Jim Hanifan, Cal alum and offensive line coaching great, dies at 87," 26 Nov. 2020 Not many have been kicked around harder by Year 2020 than Tim Flannery, back in the hospital after a enduring a setback in his recovery from multiple surgeries to address a staph infection. Scott Ostler,, "Raiders put the thrill back in bus travel. Is caravan victory lap the NFL’s batflip?," 21 Nov. 2020 Or it could be used to test hospital surfaces for bacteria that cause staph infections and MRSA, the partners said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "A coronavirus saliva test with results texted in 30 minutes? Northeast Ohio company, Purdue researchers aim to make it reality," 5 Nov. 2020 Both Makhzoumi and Friedman confirmed to USA TODAY that face masks do not cause staph infections. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Staph infections are common and aren't caused by face masks," 19 Sep. 2020 The innovation — which spurred one of the first viral images of the 2019 season — came after Freeze underwent surgery for a potentially life-threatening staph infection two weeks earlier. Tom Green |, al, "Gus Malzahn banking on backup plan, not backup coach, to solve a COVID-19 quandary," 12 Sep. 2020 This is basically inflammation of the hair follicle caused either by a bacteria (most commonly a staph infection) or irritation from shaving, heavy conditioners, potent hair dyes, and excessive sweating. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "7 Scalp Conditions That Cause Bumps or Spots — And How to Treat Them," 27 Aug. 2020 Now is not the time to willingly put yourself at risk of infections, like staph and cellulitis. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You Shouldn’t Give Yourself a Stick and Poke Tattoo Right Now," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of staph

circa 1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staph was circa 1933

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“Staph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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)


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Medical Definition of staph

: staphylococcus sense 2 also : an infection with staphylococci

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