a combining form with the meaning “rod,” used primarily in biology to form generic names of bacteria: aerobacter; arthrobacter.
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Origin of -bacter
<New Latin, masculine noun coined as variant of neuter bactrum<Greek báktron;see bacterium
Words nearby -bacter
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Medical definitions for -bacter
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