Definition of staphylococcus
staphylococciplay \-ˈkä-ˌkī, -(ˌ)kē; -ˈkäk-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\
: 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)
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Some, such as botulinum and staphylococcus, produce a potent toxin that does the damage.
Studies show that people with staphylococcus and variovorax present on their skin will likely suffer more mosquito bites.
Peering through a microscope at bacteria taken from Treacy’s wound and grown in a lab dish, Johnson noticed that some staphylococcus germs were being killed off by another type of microbe, an unusual strain of the soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis.
An aggressive staphylococcus infection attacked Australian mother Jo Gilchrist's spine and eventually rendered her completely paralyzed.
Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium which is at the root of many hard-to-treat infections.
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Origin and Etymology of staphylococcus
New Latin, from Greek staphylē bunch of grapes + New Latin -coccus
First Known Use: 1887See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of staphylococcus
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)
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