a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “bunch of grapes,” “uvula,” used with these meanings, and also with reference to the palate and to staphylococci, in the formation of compound words:
resembling a bunch of grapes: staphylococcus
staphylo- or staphyl-
Cluster; resembling a cluster: staphylococcus.
The uvula: staphyledema.
- Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome n. A disease affecting infants in which large areas of skin peel off in the manner of a second-degree burn, caused by upper respiratory staphylococcal infection. Also called Lyell’s disease, Ritter’s disease.
staphylococcemia staph·y·lo·coc·ce·mi·a (stāf’ə-lō-kŏk-sē’mē-ə) n. The presence of staphylococci in the blood.
staphylococcosis staph·y·lo·coc·co·sis (stāf’ə-lō-kŏ-kō’sĭs) n. pl. staph·y·lo·coc·co·ses (-sēz) Infection by a species of Staphylococcus.
[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. 1. 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. staphylococcus /ˌstæfɪləʊˈkɒkəs/ noun (pl) -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ; US) (-ˈkɒksaɪ) 1. […]
- Staphylococcus antitoxin
staphylococcus antitoxin n. A preparation containing antitoxin globulins or their derivatives that act to neutralize a lethal toxin produced by Staphylococcus aureus.