variants: or staphylo-

Definition of staphyl-

1a : bunch of grapes Staphylococcus
b : staphyloma staphylotomy
2a : uvula staphylectomy
b : palate staphylion
3 : staphylococcic staphylocoagulase staphylodermatitis

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History and Etymology for staphyl-

Middle French staphyl-, from Latin staphyl-, staphylo-, from Greek, bunch of grapes, uvula, from staphylē bunch of grapes swollen uvula, uvula; akin to Greek stemphylon olive pulp

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“Staphyl-.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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