Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plural of bacterium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Though you might think it of no consequence, the spontaneous evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is very major from the point of view of a bacterium.

    A Disclaimer for Behe?

  • Protection against infection by certain bacteria is based on immunity to this sugar coating (and not the whole bacteria).

    How Are Vaccines Made?

  • As already mentioned, the photosynthetic apparatus in bacteria is simpler than in algae and higher plants.

    Press Release: The 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Photosynthesis in bacteria is simpler than in algae and higher plants, but the work now rewarded has led to increased understanding of photosynthesis in these organisms as well.

    Press Release: The 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Hoffman in 1869, since which date the term bacteria, as applying to this special group of organisms, has been coming more and more into use.

    The Story of Germ Life

  • These two classes of germs are foreign to the present topic, which is surgery; and I shall, therefore, confine my remarks to that group of vegetable parasites to which the term bacteria has been given.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • Peaceful coexistence between humans and the bacteria is the need of the hour.

    Boing Boing

  • Resisting infections by producing immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream.

    Liver anatomy and function

  • Mung: This means I acknowledge exponential growth can be observed in bacteria in culture.

    An Ancient Time Frame

  • This means I acknowledge exponential growth can be observed in bacteria in culture.

    An Ancient Time Frame

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  • Not collectively, anyway.

    February 5, 2010

  • But we are not a muse. Ever.

    February 3, 2010

  • *musing*

    February 3, 2010

  • Instead of Word of the Day we could have a Daily Muse Bulletin.

    February 3, 2010

  • I find that abstruse.

    February 3, 2010

  • Just so long as there's no cow-tipping involved. I've never found it amoosing.

    February 3, 2010

  • I was thinking ruse, ruzu style.

    February 3, 2010

  • That would not amuse-ed carriwitchet, you stripe-ed jokester, you. ;-)

    February 3, 2010

  • Maybe, "we are not amuse-ed." ?

    February 3, 2010

  • Wouldn't that be a ruse?

    February 3, 2010

  • We could try to be muse.

    February 3, 2010

  • Not collectively, anyway.

    February 3, 2010

  • We are not a muse.

    February 3, 2010

  • What about a dusty old collection of muses? Wouldn't that belong in a museum?

    I have no idea how this bit of doggerel relates to bacteria.

    February 2, 2010

  • I wonder whether they place those hand sanitizer stations by the entrances?

    February 2, 2010

  • Bacteria Museum.

    January 31, 2010