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or bacteri- or bacter-
Bacteria; bacterial: bacteriology.

[From New Latin bactērium, bacterium; see bacterium.]
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or sometimes before a vowel


combining form
(Microbiology) indicating bacteria or an action or condition relating to or characteristic of bacteria: bacteriology; bactericide; bacteroid.
[New Latin, from bacteria]
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(bækˈtɪər i ə), 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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