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.

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Also especially British, bac·te·rise .

Origin of bacterize

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

OTHER WORDS FROM bacterize

bac·te·ri·za·tion, noun
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