staphylococcus

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noun staph·y·lo·coc·cus \-ˈkä-kəs\

Definition of staphylococcus

plural

staphylococci

play \-ˈkä-ˌkī, -(ˌ)kē; -ˈkäk-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\
  1. :  any of a genus (Staphylococcus) of nonmotile gram-positive spherical bacteria that occur singly, in pairs or tetrads, or in irregular clusters and include causative agents of various diseases (such as skin infections, food poisoning, and endocarditis)

Origin and Etymology of staphylococcus

New Latin, from Greek staphylē bunch of grapes + New Latin -coccus


First Known Use: 1887


Medical Dictionary

staphylococcus

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noun staph·y·lo·coc·cus \ˌstaf-ə-lō-ˈkäk-əs\

Medical Definition of staphylococcus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of nonmotile gram-positive spherical bacteria that is placed in either of two families (Staphylococcaceae or Micrococcaceae), contains forms occurring singly, in pairs or tetrads, or in irregular clusters, and includes causative agents of various diseases and disorders (as food poisoning, skin infections, and endocarditis)

  2. 2plural staphylococci \-ˈkäk-ˌ(s)ī\play play :  any bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus; broadly :  micrococcus 2


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