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staphylococcus

Syllabification: staph·y·lo·coc·cus
Pronunciation: /ˌstafiləˈkäkəs
 
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Definition of staphylococcus in English:

noun (plural staphylococci /-ˈkäkˌsī, -ˌsē/)

A bacterium of a genus that includes many pathogenic kinds that cause pus formation, especially in the skin and mucous membranes.
Example sentences
  • Stallsafe is effective against salmonella, e-coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus, listeria and many more bacteria, molds & fungi.
  • It can kill staphylococci, streptococci, salmonella, E-coli and MRSA.
  • The only organisms isolated were diphtheroids, coagulase-negative staphylococci, and micrococci.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek staphulē 'bunch of grapes' + kokkos 'berry'.

Derivatives

staphylococcal

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈkäkəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Common bacteria involved in brain abscesses include streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria.
  • The streptococcal pyrogenic exotoxins together with the staphylococcal enterotoxin build a large family of bacterial superantigens.
  • Sputum and tissue cultures usually reveal staphylococcal or streptococcal organisms as causative pathogens.

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