variants: or staphylo-

Definition of staphyl-

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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about staphyl-

Statistics for staphyl-

Cite this Entry

“Staphyl-.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/staphyl-. Accessed 16 December 2019.

Comments on staphyl-

What made you want to look up staphyl-? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having a smooth flowing sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!