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glossary:staphylococcus_aureus [2007/09/05 07:23]
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glossary:staphylococcus_aureus [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +====== Staphylococcus Aureus: ======
 + A species of [[bacteria]] that are commonly found on the [[skin]] and mucous membranes. These bacteria cause [[pus]]-producing infections, [[cellulitis]],​ and life-threatening [[sepsis]].
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 +Bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus are [[gram-positive bacteria|gram-positive]] cocci that occur individually,​ in pairs, and in irregular grapelike clusters. The term Staphylococcus is derived from the Greek term staphyle, which means a bunch of grapes. Staphylococci are nonmotile, non–spore-forming,​ and catalase-positive [[bacteria]]. The cell wall contains peptidoglycan and teichoic acid. The organisms are resistant to temperatures as high as 50°C, to high salt concentrations,​ and to drying. Colonies are usually large (6-8 mm in diameter), smooth, and translucent. The colonies of most strains are pigmented, ranging from cream-yellow to orange.
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 +===== Also referred as: =====
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 +  * [[Staph]]
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 +See: [[:​Infections Associated with Lymphedema]]
  
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