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staph|y|lo|coc|cus
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 causing serious infections in human beings and other organisms. »

The penicillin-resistant staphylococci protect themselves by producing an enzyme, penicillinase, which destroys penicillin (New Scientist).

[< New Latin Staphylococcus the genus name < Greek staphyl bunch of grapes + New Latin coccus coccus (because of the shape they assume)]

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  • 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

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