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n. pl. staph·y·lo·coc·ci (-kŏk′sī, -kŏk′ī)
Any of various spherical gram-positive parasitic bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus that usually occur in grapelike clusters and commonly cause skin infections such as cellulitis and impetigo and other infectious conditions and diseases.

staph′y·lo·coc′cal (-kŏk′əl), staph′y·lo·coc′cic (-kŏk′sĭk, -kŏk′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -cocci (-ˈkɒkaɪ; US -ˈkɒksaɪ)
(Microbiology) 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. Often shortened to: staph
[C19: from staphylo- (in the sense: like a bunch of grapes) + coccus so called because of their shape]
staphylococcal, staphylococcic adj


(ˌstæf ə ləˈkɒk əs)

n., pl. -coc•ci (-ˈkɒk saɪ)
any of several spherical bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus, occurring in pairs, tetrads, and irregular clusters, certain species of which, as S. aureus, are pathogenic.
[1885–90; < New Latin < Greek staphyl(ḗ) bunch of grapes + New Latin -coccus -coccus]
staph`y•lo•coc′cal (-ˈkɒk əl) staph`y•lo•coc′cic (-ˈkɒk sɪk) adj.


Plural staphylococci (stăf′ə-lō-kŏk′sī, stăf′ə-lō-kŏk′ī)
Any of various bacteria that are normally found on the skin and mucous membranes of warm-blooded animals. One kind of staphylococcus can cause infections in humans, especially in wounds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.staphylococcus - spherical Gram-positive parasitic bacteria that tend to form irregular colonies; some cause boils or septicemia or infections
cocci, coccus - any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria
genus Staphylococcus - includes many pathogenic species


[ˌstæfɪləˈkɒkəs] N (staphylococci (pl)) [ˌstæfɪləˈkɒkaɪ]estafilococo m


n. Gr. estafilococo.
1. especie de bacteria gram-positiva que puede causar diferentes clases de infecciones; incluye parásitos que se alojan en la piel y las mucosas;
2. término aplicado a cualquier micrococo patológico.
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Common human isolates are Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus capitis, Staphylococcus hominis, Staphylococcus haemolyticus, Staphylococcus warneri, Staphylococcus caprae, Staphylococcus saccharolyticus, Staphylococcus pasteuri, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, and Staphylococcus lugdunensis [1].
Cases and series of neonatal sepsis involving Staphylococcus capitis have been reported in different countries (3) and were initially considered unrelated epidemic bursts.
The patient was treated with Daptomycin and Linezolid for 20 days; later on the blood cultures became positive for Staphylococcus capitis and then to Staphylococcus Hominis subsp.
Setting of acquisition Microorganism Community- Nosocomial acquired N (%) N (%) Gram-positive Abiotrophia species 1 (100) 0 Enterococcus faecalis 5 (71.4) 2 (28.6) Enterococcus gallinarum 1 (100) 0 Gemella haemolysans 1 (100) 0 Leuconostoc species 1 (100) 0 Listeria monocytogenes 0 3 (100) Staphylococcus aureus 0 1 (100) Staphylococcus capitis 2 (100) 0 Staphylococcus epidermidis 14 (87.5) 2 (12.5) Staphylococcus haemolyticus 2 (100) 0 Streptococcus agalactiae 0 3 (100) Streptococcus bovis II 0 1 (100) Streptococcus intermedius 0 1 (100) Streptococcus milleri 0 1 (100) Streptococcus mitis 0 1 (100) Streptococcus pneumoniae 0 19 (100) Streptococcus salivarius 0 1 (100) Gram-negative Acinetobacter baumannii 8 (100) 0 Acinetobacter lwoffii 2 (66.7) 1 (33,3) Brucella spp.

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