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staphylococcus Line breaks: staphylo|coc¦cus
Pronunciation: /ˌstafɪlə(ʊ)ˈkɒkəs/

Definition of staphylococcus in English:

noun (plural staphylococci ˌstafɪlə(ʊ)ˈkɒk(s)ʌɪˌstafɪlə(ʊ)ˈkɒk(s)iː)

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.


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.


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

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