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[staf] /stæf/
noun, Informal.
1930-35; by shortening
Can be confused
staff, staph. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for staph
  • Unfortunately, his body rejected the organ and he died from a staph infection.
  • Good staph stays good only if locked outside by the skin's multiple defenses, though.
  • So far, the researchers have made a sensor to detect antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that cause skin infections.
  • He was taken to the hospital, where tests later showed that his catheter had become infected with antibiotic-resistant staph.
  • It was his first time out in public since a staph infection felled him this summer.
  • Also, staph bacterial infections are gram positive as well that potentially infect humans, and do so often.
  • Snow had been hospitalized on and off for the past two months with a staph infection.
  • Pneumonia in the lungs, sepsis in the blood, staph and meningitis in the spinal cord are among the possibilities.
  • staph can enter the body through breaks in the skin and sometimes cause infection.
  • staph is not found in dirt or mud or carried through the air.
Word Origin and History for staph

colloquial short form of staphylococcus, attested from 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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staph in Medicine

staph (stāf)

staph adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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