Staphylococcus Definition

stăfə-lō-kŏkəs
staphylococci
noun
staphylococci
Any of a genus (Staphylococcus) of spherical, Gram-positive bacteria that generally occur in irregular clusters or short chains: the pathogenic species (esp. S. aureus) are the cause of pus formation in boils, abscesses, etc.
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Synonyms:
  • staph
  • staphylococci
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Staphylococcaceae "” the staphylococcus bacteria.

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The most common form of staph infection that is suffered across the world is MRSA. This stands for Methycillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. This staph infection is most commonly transferred from patient to patient in medical environments, especially in those environments where frequent surgeries are performed. As a matter of fact, MRSA infections have become so common that they are now considered to be the most common form of staph infection in existence. Their spread has occurred mainly because of the vast possibilities for transfer of the infection from person to person.
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The most productive measure in the fight against the spread of staph infections begins with the hands. Wash hands as frequently as possible, especially in environments where there is a concentrated amount of people. When a hand has any amount of staph bacteria on it, any surface that the hand touches is then contaminated with the bacteria as well. Another effective method for fighting staph infections is to keep any wounds that are inflicted both clean and covered, until they are healed. Being open makes the wounds susceptible to infection.
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Other Word Forms of Staphylococcus

Noun

Singular:
staphylococcus
Plural:
staphylococci, staphylococcuses

Origin of Staphylococcus

  • New Latin, from Ancient Greek σταφυλή (staphulÄ“, “a bunch of grapes") + -o- + coccus.

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  • staphylo- +"Ž -coccus

    From Wiktionary

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