This is short for Staphylococcus, a genus of micrococci bacteria with many members that can cause disease. They are gram-positive, nonmotile bacteria that are aerobic-(unless they need to be anaerobic). Staph of various types are responsible for boils and carbuncles; they may be involved in impetigo, toxic shock syndrome, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and urinary tract infections, as well as some food poisoning. They stay around hospitals and veterinary clinics waiting to get you. They are also a normal part of the mouth, throat, and skin flora in a third to a half of all of us, causing no problems, but just waiting. Staph has always been with us.
   Some even eat our antibiotics for breakfast.

Herbal-medical glossary. 2015.

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  • staph — colloquial short form of STAPHYLOCOCCUS (Cf. staphylococcus), attested from 1933 …   Etymology dictionary

  • staph — [staf] n. short for STAPHYLOCOCCUS …   English World dictionary

  • staph — arc·to·staph·y·los; lep·to·staph·y·line; lep·to·staph·y·li·ny; meso·staph·y·line; platy·staph·y·line; staph; staph·i·sa·gria; staph·y·lea; staph·y·le·a·ce·ae; staph·y·lin·i·dae; staph·y·li·noi·dea; staph·y·li·nus; staph·y·lo·coagulase;… …   English syllables

  • Staph — Very commonly used shortened form of Staphylococcus, a very common and important group of bacteria. See Staphylococcus. * * * Staphylococcus * * * staph staf n STAPHYLOCOCCUS (2) also an infection with staphylococci …   Medical dictionary

  • staph|y|lin|id — «STAF uh LIHN ihd», adjective, noun. –adj. of or belonging to the family of insects comprising the rove beetles: »Certain staphylinid beetles secrete “appeasement substances” to ward off attacking worker ants (New Scientist). –n. a staphylinid… …   Useful english dictionary

  • staph|y|lo|coc|cal — «STAF uh luh KOK uhl», adjective. 1. having to do with staphylococcus. 2. produced by staphylococcus: »staphylococcal infections …   Useful english dictionary

  • staph|y|lo|coc|cic — «STAF uh luh KOK sihk», adjective. = staphylococcal. (Cf. ↑staphylococcal) …   Useful english dictionary

  • staph|y|lo|coc|cus — «STAF uh luh KOK uhs», noun, plural cocci « KOK sy». any one of a group of spherical parasitic bacteria that usually bunch together in irregular masses, such as the micrococcus which causes the formation of pus. Several species are capable of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • staph — noun Date: circa 1933 staphylococcus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • staph — /staf/, n. Informal. staphylococcus. [1930 35; by shortening] * * * …   Universalium

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