bacteroid

or bac·te·ri·oid

[bak-tuh-roid or bak-teer-ee-oid]

noun

any of the rod-shaped or branched bacteria in the root nodules of nitrogen-fixing plants.

adjective

Also bac·te·roi·dal, bac·te·ri·oi·dal. resembling bacteria.

Nearby words

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

Origin of bacteroid

First recorded in 1850–55; bacter- + -oid

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British Dictionary definitions for bacteroid

bacteroid

adjective

resembling a bacterium

noun

any rodlike bacterium of the genus Bacteroides, occurring in the gut of humans and animals
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