staphylo-

staphylo-

a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “bunch of grapes,” “uvula,” used with these meanings, and also with reference to the palate and to staphylococci, in the formation of compound words: staphyloplasty.

Origin:
combining form representing Greek staphylḗ

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staphylo-
 
combining form
1.  uvula: staphyloplasty
2.  resembling a bunch of grapes: staphylococcus
 
[from Greek staphulē bunch of grapes, uvula]

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staphylo- or staphyl-
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  1. Cluster; resembling a cluster: staphylococcus.

  2. The uvula: staphyledema.

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