plural noun, singular bac·te·ri·um [bak-teer-ee-uh m] /bækˈtɪər i əm/.
- bacteria bed,
- bacterial canker,
- bacterial capsule,
- bacterial endocarditis
Origin of bacteria
Examples from the Web for bacteria
The more antibiotics are used inappropriately, the greater the risk of bacteria growing resistant to them.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If all animals vanished, most bacteria would still live on, but if all bacteria disappeared, we would die quickly.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen.|Matthew R. Francis|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But consider that when we eat, the bacteria are actually fed first.
On the other hand, the population of the other major group of bacteria, Bacteroidetes, increased.
Allen says that some strains of bacteria may be potentially beneficial for some people but harmful to others.
It is known that bacteria, like other living things, feed and give off organic waste from their own bodies.
When bacteria were suspended in olive oil or in pus, chlorlyptus showed marked germicidal action.
Some bacteria are capable of movement when living in a fluid.
This condition is of the utmost importance in the destruction of bacteria in the dairy and creamery.Outlines of dairy bacteriology|H. L. Russell
This increase in the bacteria is technically known as “aftergrowth” and will be discussed more fully in Chapter IV.Chlorination of Water|Joseph Race
pl n singular -rium (-rɪəm)
Word Origin for bacteria
1847, plural of Modern Latin bacterium, from Greek bakterion "small staff," diminutive of baktron "stick, rod," from PIE *bak- "staff used for support." So called because the first ones observed were rod-shaped. Introduced as a scientific word 1838 by German naturalist Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795-1876).