from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Plural of bacterium.
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- n. Plural form of bacterium.
- n. A type, species, or strain of bacterium
- n. Alternative form of bacterium.
- n. A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
- n. An oval bacterium, as distinguished from a spherical coccus or rod-shaped bacillus
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. See bacterium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of bacterium, [capitalized] A genus of gressorial orthopterous insects, of the family Phasmidæ; the stick-insects or walking-sticks. B. sarmentosa is about 10 inches long. See Phasmidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants
From New Latin bacteria, plural of bacterium, from Ancient Greek βακτήριον (baktērion), neuter diminutive of βακτηρία (baktēria, "rod, stick"). (Wiktionary)
From New Latin bacteria, from Ancient Greek βακτηρία (baktēria, "rod, stick"). (Wiktionary)