from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spherical gram-positive parasitic bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, usually occurring in grapelike clusters and causing boils, septicemia, and other infections.
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- n. A spherical gram-positive parasitic bacterium of the genus Staphylococcus, causing blisters, septicemia, and other infections
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An invalid generic name applied to certain species of pus-forming bacteria, of which Micrococcus (‘Staphylococcus’) pyogenes is the most common.
- n. Any member of this group which is characterized by having the cells arranged in irregular groups.
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- n. spherical Gram-positive parasitic bacteria that tend to form irregular colonies; some cause boils or septicemia or infections
staphylo- + -coccus (Wiktionary)