[staf-uh-luh-kok-uh s] /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk əs/
noun, plural staphylococci
[staf-uh-luh-kok-sahy] /ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk saɪ/ (Show IPA). Bacteriology.
any of several spherical bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus, occurring in pairs, tetrads, and irregular clusters, certain species of which, as S. aureus, can be pathogenic for humans.
noun (pl) -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ; US) (-ˈkɒksaɪ)
any spherical Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, typically occurring in clusters and including many pathogenic species, causing boils, infection in wounds, and septicaemia: family Micrococcaceae Often shortened to staph

staphylococcus staph·y·lo·coc·cus (stāf’ə-lō-kŏk’əs)
n. pl. staph·y·lo·coc·ci (-kŏk’sī, -kŏk’ī)
A spherical gram-positive parasitic bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, usually occurring in clusters and causing boils, septicemia, and other infections.
staph’y·lo·coc’cal (-kŏk’əl) or staph’y·lo·coc·’cic (-kŏk’sĭk, -kŏk’ĭk) adj.
Plural staphylococci (stāf’ə-lō-kŏk’sī, -kŏk’ī)
Any of various bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus that are gram-positive cocci and are normally found on the skin and mucous membranes of warm-blooded animals. Pathogenic strains such as S. aureus commonly cause infections of the skin, bones, lungs and other organs. Some staphylococcal disease, such as food poisoning, is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria.
staphylococcus [(staf-uh-loh-kok-uhs)]

A category of bacteria that can cause boils, blood poisoning, and other serious infections.


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