bacterize

[ bak-tuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈbæk təˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), bac·te·rized, bac·te·riz·ing.

to change in composition by means of bacteria.

Nearby words

  1. bacteriostasis,
  2. bacteriostat,
  3. bacteriotoxin,
  4. bacterium,
  5. bacteriuria,
  6. bacteroid,
  7. bacteroides,
  8. bacteroides capillosus,
  9. bacteroides disiens,
  10. bacteroides fragilis

Also especially British, bac·te·rise.

Origin of bacterize

First recorded in 1910–15; bacter- + -ize

Related formsbac·te·ri·za·tion, noun

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