|—n , pl -cocci|
|Often shortened to: staph any spherical Gram-positive bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, typically occurring in clusters and including many pathogenic species, causing boils, infection in wounds, and septicaemia: family Micrococcaceae|
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staphylococcus staph·y·lo·coc·cus (stāf'ə-lō-kŏk'əs)
n. pl. staph·y·lo·coc·ci (-kŏk'sī, -kŏk'ī)
A spherical gram-positive parasitic bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, usually occurring in clusters and causing boils, septicemia, and other infections.
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Plural staphylococci (stāf'ə-lō-kŏk'sī, -kŏk'ī)
Any of various bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus that are gram-positive cocci and are normally found on the skin and mucous membranes of warm-blooded animals. Pathogenic strains such as S. aureus commonly cause infections of the skin, bones, lungs and other organs. Some staphylococcal disease, such as food poisoning, is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria.