Definition of staphylococcus in English:

staphylococcus

noun

  • A bacterium of a genus that includes many pathogenic kinds that cause pus formation, especially in the skin and mucous membranes.

    • ‘Gram-negative streptococci and staphylococci can be distinguished by their characteristic appearance under high-powered magnification.’
    • ‘It is usually caused by the bacteria staphylococcus.’
    • ‘Royalisin, a protein in royal jelly, suppresses certain types of bacteria including staphylococcus and streptococcus.’
    • ‘It can kill staphylococci, streptococci, salmonella, E-coli and MRSA.’
    • ‘Another strain of the bacterium staphylococcus aureus already lives on the skin of a third of the population but rarely causes anything more serious than pimples or boils.’
    • ‘Stallsafe is effective against salmonella, e-coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus, listeria and many more bacteria, molds & fungi.’
    • ‘The results of this study suggest that hospital fabrics such as drapes, scrub attire, and personal clothing may act as a repository for enterococci and staphylococci.’
    • ‘Experts found in the microbiology report that baby Harry's spinal fluid and lungs were riddled with the staphylococcus aureus bacteria, suggesting he had a viral infection.’
    • ‘Cultures revealed coagulase-negative staphylococci and Staphylococcus aureus on pagers from all health care worker groups.’
    • ‘The only organisms isolated were diphtheroids, coagulase-negative staphylococci, and micrococci.’
    • ‘These nodules may become infected secondarily with staphylococci bacteria.’
    • ‘The most common pathogens were coagulase negative staphylococci, escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus.’
    • ‘Patients with blood cultures positive for coagulase-negative staphylococci or other common skin contaminants were not classified as bacteremic.’
    • ‘In the recent study, the authors identified cell wall deficient streptococci and staphylococci from blood cultures of recipients of bone marrow transplants during febrile episodes.’
    • ‘The infection is frequently confused with the more common forms of cellulitis and lymphangitis, typically caused by staphylococci and streptococci.’
    • ‘Other bacteria that commonly cause conjunctivitis include staphylococci, streptococci and haemophilus bacteria.’
    • ‘It appears from the data that both staphylococci and enterococci live longer on polyester fabric than on cotton and live the longest on polypropylene plastic splash aprons.’
    • ‘Bacterial conjunctivitis is often caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus and streptococcus.’
    • ‘MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and is a strain of the staphylococcus bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics.’
    • ‘Cockroaches have been implicated in cases of salmonella food poisoning, and they have also been found to harbor staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

staphylococcus

/ˌstafɪlə(ʊ)ˈkɒkəs/