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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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Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in invasive isolates from southern and eastern Mediterranean countries.
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.
Objective: To determine the frequency of vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) among clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2) a clear change in the nature of the infectious microorganisms has occurred over the past decade, when Gram-positive cocci have exceeded Gram-negative bacilli as the main etiological agents of sepsis and Staphylococcus spp.
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) evaluations of Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Staphylococcus lugdunensis clinical isolates exposed to 4[degrees]C for 8 weeks showed thickened CW structures associated with significant alterations in amino acid (AA) profiles in comparison to controls [12].
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced the results of a recently completed targeted food surveillance project on coagulase-positive staphylococci organisms (including Staphylococcus aureus) in ready-to-eat food.
Keywords: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, oxacillin, cefoxitin, PCR.
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Staphylococcus aureus is a ubiquitous organism responsible for widespread infections both in community as well as in hospital settings (1).

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