Origin of bacteri-
Words nearby bacteri-
WORDS THAT USE BACTERI-
What does bacteri- mean?
Bacteri- comes from Greek baktḗria, meaning “staff, cane.” Discover how the word for “staff” came to denote microorganisms at our entry for bacterium.
What are variants of bacteri-?
Bacteri- is a variant of bacterio-, which loses its -o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Another variant of bacteri- is bacter-, as in bacterin. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use bacter– and bacterio– articles.
Related to both baktḗria and báktron is the Latin noun baculum, “staff,” which is the source of the combining form bacill-, which refers to a type of rod-shaped bacteria, and baguette, a rod-shaped loaf of bread.
Examples of bacteri-
One example of a technical term that features the form bacteri- is bactericide, “any substance capable of killing bacteria.”
The form bacteri- means “bacteria,” while the -cide part of the word means “killer,” from Latin caedere, “to kill.” Bactericide literally translates to “bacteria killer.”
What are some words that use the combining form bacteri-?
What are some other forms that bacteri- may be commonly confused with?