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Meaning of BACTERIA

Pronunciation:  bak'teereeu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  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 plants

BACTERIA is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bacterium
 See Also: acidophil, acidophile, bacteroid, Calymmatobacterium, diplococcus, genus Calymmatobacterium, gonococcus, microorganism, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, nitrobacterium, penicillin-resistant bacteria, Rickettsia, rod



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bac*te"ri*a\, n.p.
See {Bacterium}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A large group of single-cell microorganisms. Some cause infections and disease in animals and humans. The singular of bacteria is bacterium.
Biology Dictionary
  1. A super-classification (above kingdom level) of all prokaryotes; excludes Archaebacteria.
  2. Tiny, unicellular, prokaryotic organisms that reproduce by cell division and usually have cell walls; can be shaped like spheres, rods or spirals and can be found in virtually any enviroment.
  3. This taxonomic division (which is in Kingdom Monera) contains the bacteria (over 2,500 species). These are one-celled prokaryotes that usually reproduce asexually via binary fission (splitting in two).
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adenovirus, aerobe, aerobic bacteria, amoeba, anaerobe, anaerobic bacteria, animalcule, bacillus, bacterium, bug, coccus, colon bacillus, diatom, disease-producing microorganism, dyad, echovirus, enterovirus, Euglena, filterable virus, flagellate, fungus, germ, gram-negative bacteria, gram-positive bacteria, microbe, microorganism, microspore, microzoa, mold, monad, nematode, nonfilterable virus, paramecium, pathogen, picornavirus, protozoa, protozoon, reovirus, rhinovirus, rickettsia, salmonella, saprophyte, spirillum, spirochete, spore, sporozoon, staphylococcus, streptococcus, tetrad, triad, trypanosome, vibrio, virus, volvox, vorticellum, zoospore