bacteria

See also: Bacteria, bactéria, and bacterià

EnglishEdit

 
scanning electron micrograph of E. coli bacteria

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Etymology 1Edit

Irregular plural of bacterium from New Latin bactēria.

NounEdit

bacteria

  1. plural of bacterium

NounEdit

bacteria (plural bacterias)

  1. (US) A type, species, or strain of bacterium.
    • 2002, A.C. Panchdhari, Water Supply and Sanitary Installations[1], 2nd ed. edition, →ISBN, 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 []
  2. (US, proscribed) Alternative form of bacterium.
  3. (derogatory, slang) Lowlife, slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
Usage notesEdit
  • 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.
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Etymology 2Edit

From New Latin bactēria, from Ancient Greek βακτηρίᾱ (baktēríā, rod, stick).

NounEdit

bacteria (plural bacteriae)

  1. (dated, medicine) An oval bacterium, as distinguished from a spherical coccus or rod-shaped bacillus.

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GalicianEdit

NounEdit

bacteria f (plural bacterias)

  1. bacterium

LatinEdit

NounEdit

bactēria

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of bactērium

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From New Latin bacteria, plural of bactērium, from Ancient Greek βακτήριον (baktḗrion).

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

bacteria f (plural bacterias)

  1. bacterium

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