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See also: Bacteria, bactéria, and bacterià

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scanning electron micrograph of E. coli bacteria

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Etymology 1Edit

From New Latin bacteria, plural of bacterium, from Ancient Greek βακτήριον (baktḗrion), neuter diminutive of βακτηρία (baktēría, rod, stick) (cognate with English peg).

NounEdit

bacteria

  1. plural of bacterium

NounEdit

bacteria

  1. (US) A type, species, or strain of bacterium.
    • 2002, A.C. Panchdhari, Water Supply and Sanitary Installations[1], 2nd ed. edition, 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 []
  2. (US, proscribed) Alternative form of bacterium.
  3. (pejorative, slang) A derisive term for a lowlife or a 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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TranslationsEdit

see also under bacterium

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Etymology 2Edit

From New Latin bacteria, from Ancient Greek βακτηρία (baktēría, 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

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NounEdit

bacteria f (plural bacterias)

  1. bacterium