plural noun, singular bac·te·ri·um [bak-teer-ee-uh m] /bækˈtɪər i əm/.
Origin of bacteria
Examples from the Web for bacterial
Contemporary Examples of bacterial
After their split, Jim Friel died shockingly at age 48 of bacterial meningitis.Can This SVU Crime Fighter Save the NFL?
September 26, 2014
However, once participants stopped pulling oil, bacterial counts began to increase.Oil Pulling: Miracle Cure or Oily Mess?
March 28, 2014
Bacterial pathogens include gonorrhea (yes) which can cause blindness in a matter of hours, and chlamydia.Everything You Wanted To Know About Bob Costas’s Olympic Pinkeye
February 12, 2014
Particular scientific interest has been focused on bacterial (and other microbial) diversity in our intestines.Buy That Breast Milk!
October 22, 2013
Or that bacterial genetic fragments somehow persisted in the brain?Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain
March 17, 2013
Historical Examples of bacterial
Let's play safe and remove all forms of life, bacterial and otherwise.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
What effect does cooking have upon the bacterial flora of foods?Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
At the end of three weeks it is equally innocent of bacterial life.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
How far chemical and bacterial agencies have also been effective is not clear.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
In these cases, they found a bacterial catarrh of the eyes and nose.The Treatment of Hay Fever
George Frederick Laidlaw
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).