staph·​y·​lo·​coc·​cal ˌsta-f(ə-)lō-ˈkä-kəl How to pronounce staphylococcal (audio)
variants or less commonly staphylococcic
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of staphylococcal was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Staphylococcal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


staph·​y·​lo·​coc·​cal ˌstaf-(ə-)lō-ˈkäk-əl How to pronounce staphylococcal (audio)
variants also staphylococcic
: of, relating to, caused by, or being a staphylococcus
staphylococcal infection
a staphylococcal organism
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