a branch of microbiology dealing with the identification, study, and cultivation of bacteria and with their applications in medicine, agriculture, industry, and biotechnology.

Origin of bacteriology

First recorded in 1880–85; bacterio- + -logy
Related formsbac·te·ri·o·log·i·cal [bak-teer-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /bækˌtɪər i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, bac·te·ri·o·log·ic, adjectivebac·te·ri·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbbac·te·ri·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bacteriology

Historical Examples of bacteriology

  • "Congenial environment and bacteriology," responded his dragoman.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • Music is acquiring a technology as confusing and as extensive as bacteriology.

  • Bacteriology, at the time of the passing of the Act, had hardly made a beginning.

  • Very little was said of pathology; and of bacteriology next to nothing.

  • A microscope is good and a telescope is good, but it is the microscope that one uses in bacteriology.


    Arthur Machen

British Dictionary definitions for bacteriology



the branch of science concerned with the study of bacteria
Derived Formsbacteriological (bækˌtɪərɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivebacteriologically, adverbbacteriologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for bacteriology

1884, from German; see bacteria + -ology. Related: Bacteriological (1886). Bacteriological warfare is from 1924.

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bacteriology in Medicine




The study of bacteria, especially in relation to medicine and agriculture.
Related formsbac•te′ri•o•logic (-ə-lŏjĭk) adj.bac•te′ri•olo•gist n.
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bacteriology in Science



The scientific study of bacteria, especially bacteria that cause disease.
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