plural noun, singular bac·te·ri·um [bak-teer-ee-uh m] /bækˈtɪər i əm/.
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After their split, Jim Friel died shockingly at age 48 of bacterial meningitis.
However, once participants stopped pulling oil, bacterial counts began to increase.
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|Kent Sepkowitz|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Particular scientific interest has been focused on bacterial (and other microbial) diversity in our intestines.
Or that bacterial genetic fragments somehow persisted in the brain?Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain|Amanda Schaffer|March 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A bacterial disease that has made its appearance in California has not been seen in this state.Walnut Growing in Oregon|Various
When the material had reached the condition of humus, the bacterial activity decreased to the point where fertility was restored.
Meanwhile, bacterial growth has started, and that milk can never be as good as when cooled quickly throughout.Rural Hygiene|Henry N. Ogden
The severity of diarrheal symptoms is much increased by the character and abundance of bacterial poisons.Intestinal Ills|Alcinous Burton Jamison
In many lines of dairy work it is likewise important to be familiar with the conditions favorable for bacterial growth.Outlines of dairy bacteriology|H. L. Russell
British Dictionary definitions for bacterial
pl n singular -rium (-rɪəm)
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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).
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