staph·​y·​lo·​coc·​cal | \ ˌsta-f(ə-)lō-ˈkä-kəl How to pronounce staphylococcal (audio) \
variants: or less commonly staphylococcic \ ˌsta-​f(ə-​)lō-​ˈkä-​kik How to pronounce staphylococcal (audio) , -​ˈkäk-​sik \

Definition of staphylococcal

: of, relating to, caused by, or being a staphylococcus

Examples of staphylococcal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators at the Rockefeller University, for example, have purified an enzyme from a virus that kills bacteria found in patients who are struggling against methicillin-resistant staphylococcal infection. David Pride, Scientific American, 7 Dec. 2020 Pinnacle Foods' ready-to-eat dried, sliced beef by Armour Star may have been tainted by staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2018 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s pork page, eating uncooked or undercooked pork can lead to problems from trichinosis, E. coli, salmonella, listeria, yersiniosis and staphylococcal food poisoning. David J. Neal, miamiherald, 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of staphylococcal

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Staphylococcal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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staph·​y·​lo·​coc·​cal | \ ˌstaf-(ə-)lō-ˈkäk-əl How to pronounce staphylococcal (audio) \
variants: also staphylococcic \ -​ˈkäk-​(s)ik How to pronounce staphylococcal (audio) \

Medical Definition of staphylococcal

: of, relating to, caused by, or being a staphylococcus staphylococcal infection a staphylococcal organism


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