Origin of bacterium
plural noun, singular bac·te·ri·um [bak-teer-ee-uh m] /bækˈtɪər i əm/.
Origin of bacteria
Related Words for bacteriummicroorganism, germ, virus, bug, bacterium, bacillus, pathogen, microbe, parasite, egg, unit, disease, plague, antibody, crud, embryo, spore, vacuole, corpuscle, follicle
Examples from the Web for bacterium
Contemporary Examples of bacterium
Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients With ‘Chronic Lyme’ Scam
September 19, 2014
One type of bacterium is likely very different from its neighbors, and may have equally different effects on the body.Your Probiotic Is Probably B.S.
June 25, 2014
Pertussis, or “whooping cough,” is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?
March 20, 2014
The bacterium Neisseria meningitidis causes between 800 and 1,500 cases annually in the U.S., killing many .Princeton Considers Vaccinations for Slow-Moving Meningitis Outbreak
November 18, 2013
Botulism is caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a hardy anaerobe.The Deadliest Botox Has Arrived
October 18, 2013
Historical Examples of bacterium
Virus or bacterium, amoeba or fungus—whatever it was, it struck.Despoilers of the Golden Empire
Gordon Randall Garrett
The bacterium of splenic fever is called Bacillus Anthracis.
At the end of three days there is not a bacterium to be found in it.
The Bacterium termo (Fig. 30) is the smallest of the Infusoria.
Bacterium, The same, termo (Mller), magnified magnified 600 times.
pl n singular -rium (-rɪəm)
Word Origin for bacteria
c.1848, singular of bacteria (q.v.).
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).