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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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|Noun||1.||staphylococci - spherical Gram-positive parasitic bacteria that tend to form irregular colonies; some cause boils or septicemia or infections|
genus Staphylococcus - includes many pathogenic species
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