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glossary:staph_infection [2007/09/05 18:35]
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 +A [[glossary:​staph]] [[glossary:​infection]] is an [[infection]] with a Staphylococcal [[glossary:​bacteria]]. Infection caused by Staphylococcal [[bacteria]]. Staphylococcus is group of [[bacteria]],​ familiarly known as [[Staph]], that can (and do) cause a multitude of [[disease]]s. Staph bacteria can cause illness directly by [[infection]] (such as in the [[skin]]) or indirectly through products they make such as toxins responsible for food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.
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 +The name "​Staphylococcus"​ comes from the Greek staphyle meaning a bunch of grapes + kokkos meaning berry, and that is exactly what Staph look like under the microscope, like a bunch of grape or little round berries. (In technical terms, these are [[glossary:​gram-positive_bacteria| gram-positive]],​ facultative anaerobic, usually unencapsulated cocci.)
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 +See: [[:​Infections Associated with Lymphedema]]
  
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