Definition of staph in English:

staph

noun

informal
  • 1Medicine

    short for staphylococcus
    • ‘Staphylococcus aureus or staph is a bacteria that occasionally causes deadly infections.’
    • ‘The illness usually starts with a localized staph skin infection, but the staph bacteria manufacture a toxin that affects skin all over the body.’
    • ‘Great for spots and stains, it kills mold and mildew, athlete's foot fungus, and staph and salmonella germs.’
    • ‘However, staph bacteria can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, such as bloodstream infections, surgical wound infections and pneumonia.’
    • ‘Other normal inhabitants of the birth canal - staph, strep, diphtheroids, anaerobes, E. coli and Listeria - are other pathogens that may cause neonatal pneumonia.’
    • ‘Some staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics.’
    • ‘Other conditions caused by bacteria include strep throat and staph infection.’
    • ‘Proteins in the milk of Australia's marsupials may hold secrets to fighting off deadly pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant staph.’
    • ‘Over time, some strains of staph bacteria have become resistant to beta-lactams - which means these antibiotics can't kill them.’
    • ‘Louis Brunn, of Butler County - once a young strapping man - developed a staph infection that was resistant to antibiotics.’
    • ‘Staphylococcus aureus - staph - is a type of bacterium that lives harmlessly on our skin.’
    • ‘At 39, I was in the hospital with a staph infection.’
    • ‘Prisoners were also paid small fees to be infected with ringworm, warts, herpes, staph, and other bacteria.’
    • ‘Although, MRSA is a version of the common staph bacteria, it is resistant to the methicillin antibiotic, which makes it especially hard to treat.’
    • ‘When she went to hospital to have the wound examined she was informed that she was infected with a strain of staph bacteria, similar to the MRSA superbug.’
    • ‘The invention of penicillin effectively wiped out the staph infection problem in hospitals, but after the bacteria developed resistance to it, methicillin became the standard treatment in 1960.’
    • ‘The CDC has issued a statement about the MRSA staph infection problem.’
    • ‘Such patients might also be susceptible to strep and staph infections carried by pets.’
    • ‘The bacteria are called Staphylococcus aureus, or staph for short.’
    • ‘ID has applied the technology in a test for another microbe, antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria.’
  • 2Biology

    short for staphylinid

Pronunciation:

staph

/staf/