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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.
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Noun1.staphylococci - 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
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In recent years, MRSA strains have shown resistance to antibiotics other than [beta]-lactam groups, thus treatment of Staphylococcus aureus infections becoming extensively bothersome and distressing.2 Considering origin of MRSA, it is assumed that methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) attained the mecA gene through parallel transmission from coagulase-negative staphylococci. The genetic attainment of staphylococcal commensal types assisted the potential of Staphylococcus aureus to inhabit, persist infection and fight antibiotic treatment.3
haemolyticus becomes one of the major agent in nosocomial infections caused by multi drug resistant Staphylococci.3
Coagulase gene was PCR amplified from the clinical isolates to categorize them into Coagulase positive Staphylococci (CPS) and coagulase negative Staphylococci (CNS).
* Gender-wise prevalence of MRSA isolates and methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (MRCoNS)
Nasal carriage of staphylococci in health care workers: Antimicrobial susceptibility profile.
(8) Typically, cultures positive for staphylococci are tested to identify S.
A large number of Staphylococcus species distinct from Staphylococcus aureus comprise the group known as Coagulase Negative Staphylococci (CoNS), so named as they lack the ability of the production of the enzyme coagulase.
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococus Aureus (MRSA) is a strain of Staphylococci bacteria that become resistant to those antibiotics (methicillin, cephalosporins) which are normally used to treat these infections.

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