staph

[staf]
noun Informal.

Origin:
1930–35; by shortening

staff, staph.
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staph (stāf)
n.
Staphylococcus.


staph adj.
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staph
staphylococcus
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Example sentences
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.
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