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bac·te·ri·a

 (băk-tîr′ē-ə)
n.
Plural of bacterium.
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bacteria

(bækˈtɪərɪə)
pl n, sing -rium (-rɪəm)
(Microbiology) a very large group of microorganisms comprising one of the three domains of living organisms. They are prokaryotic, unicellular, and either free-living in soil or water or parasites of plants or animals. See also prokaryote
[C19: plural of New Latin bacterium, from Greek baktērion, literally: a little stick, from baktron rod, staff]
bacˈterial adj
bacˈterially adv
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bac•te•ri•a

(bækˈtɪər i ə)

n.pl., sing. -te•ri•um (-ˈtɪər i əm)
any of numerous groups of microscopic one-celled organisms constituting the phylum Schizomycota, of the kingdom Monera, various species of which are involved in infectious diseases, nitrogen fixation, fermentation, or putrefaction.
[1905–10; < New Latin < Greek baktḗria, pl. of baktḗrion; see bacterium]
bac•te′ri•al, adj.
bac•te′ri•al•ly, adv.
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Bacteria


the branch of biology that studies and classifies bacteria. — bacteriologist, n.bacteriologic, bacteriological, adj.
a strong resistance by bacteria to absorbing stains. — chromatophobic, adj.
a bacterium that grows well in the presence of hemoglobin. — hemophilic, adj.
the branch of biology that studies microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and pathogenic protozoa. — microbiologist, n.
an abnormal fear of microorganisms. — microphobic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bacteria - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fissionbacteria - (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants
immune reaction, immune response, immunologic response - a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen
bioremediation - the act of treating waste or pollutants by the use of microorganisms (as bacteria) that can break down the undesirable substances
microorganism, micro-organism - any organism of microscopic size
acidophil, acidophile - an organism that thrives in a relatively acid environment
probiotic, probiotic bacterium, probiotic flora, probiotic microflora - a beneficial bacterium found in the intestinal tract of healthy mammals; often considered to be a plant
bacteroid - a rodlike bacterium (especially any of the rod-shaped or branched bacteria in the root nodules of nitrogen-fixing plants)
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
Calymmatobacterium, genus Calymmatobacterium - a genus of bacterial rods containing only the one species that causes granuloma inguinale
Francisella, genus Francisella - a genus of Gram-negative aerobic bacteria that occur as pathogens and parasite in many animals (including humans)
gonococcus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae - the pus-producing bacterium that causes gonorrhea
legionella, Legionella pneumophilia - the motile aerobic rod-shaped Gram-negative bacterium that thrives in central heating and air conditioning systems and can cause Legionnaires' disease
nitrobacterium - any of the bacteria in the soil that take part in the nitrogen cycle; they oxidize ammonium compounds into nitrites or oxidize nitrites into nitrates
penicillin-resistant bacteria - bacteria that are unaffected by penicillin
pus-forming bacteria - bacteria that produce pus
rod - any rod-shaped bacterium
diplococcus - Gram-positive bacteria usually occurring in pairs
superbug - a strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics
resistance - the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
microphage - a neutrophil that ingests small things (as bacteria)
microbiology - the branch of biology that studies microorganisms and their effects on humans
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bacteria

plural noun microorganisms, viruses, bugs (slang), germs, microbes, pathogens, bacilli Chlorine is added to kill bacteria.
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Translations
بَكْتِيريابَكْتيريا، جَراثيمجراثيم
bakterie
bakteriebakterier
bakteeritbakteerikanta
bakterije
baktériumok
bacterios
bakteri
bakteríurgerlargerlar, bakteríur
バクテリア細菌
박테리아세균
bakterijabakteriologasbakteriologijabakteriologinis
baktērija
bakteriabakterie
bactériabactérias
baktérie
bakterije
bakteriebakterier
เชื้อแบคทีเรีย
bakteribakteriler
vi khuẩn

bacteria

[bækˈtɪərɪə] NPLbacterias fpl
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bacteria

[bækˈtɪəriə] nplbactéries fpl
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bacteria

[bækˈtɪərɪə] nplbatteri mpl
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bacteria

(bakˈtiəriə) singular bacˈterium (-əm) noun plural
organisms not able to be seen except under a microscope, found in rotting matter, in air, in soil and in living bodies, some being the germs of disease. a throat infection caused by bacteria.
bacˌteriˈology (-ˈolədʒi) noun
the study of bacteria.
bacˌterioˈlogical (ˈlo-) adjective
bacˌteriˈologist noun
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bacteria

بَكْتِيريا bakterie bakterie Bakterien βακτήρια bacteria, bacterias bakteerit bactérie bakterije batteri バクテリア 박테리아 bacteriën bakterier bakteria bactéria бактерия bakterie เชื้อแบคทีเรีย bakteri vi khuẩn 细菌
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bac·te·ri·a

n.,pl. bacterias, gérmenes; organismos microscópicos.
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bacteria

pl de bacterium
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