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English

Bacteria viewed through an electron microscope

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From New Latin bacteria, plural of bacterium, from Ancient Greek βακτήριον (baktērion), neuter diminutive of βακτηρία (baktēria), rod, stick).

Noun

bacteria

  1. Plural form of bacterium.
  2. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A type, species, or strain of bacterium
    • 2002, A.C. Panchdhari, Water Supply and Sanitary Installations[1], 2nd ed., ISBN 8122412254, page 177,  
      Anaerobic bacteria function in the absence of oxygen, where as aerobic bacteria require sunlight and also oxygen. Both these bacterias are capable of breaking down the organic matter []
  3. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Alternative form of bacterium.
  4. (pejorative, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
Usage notes
  • This is the plural form of the word. While it is often used as if it were singular (as a collective noun), this is considered nonstandard by some in the US and more elsewhere. See the usage examples under bacterium.
Translations

see also under bacterium

See also

Etymology 2

From New Latin bacteria, from Ancient Greek βακτηρία (baktēria), rod, stick).

Noun

Singular
bacteria

Plural
bacteriae

bacteria (bacteriae)
  1. (dated, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An oval bacterium, as distinguished from a spherical coccus or rod-shaped bacillus

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