bacteria

bacteria

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of bacteria in English

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English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /bækˈtɪɹ.i.ə/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /bækˈtɪəɹ.ɪ.ə/

Etymology 1

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

Noun

bacteria

  1. plural of bacterium

bacteria (plural bacterias)

  1. (US) A type, species, or strain of bacterium.
  2. (US, proscribed) Alternative form of bacterium.
  3. (derogatory, slang) A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
Usage notes
  • 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.
Derived terms
  • Bacteria
  • Eubacteria
  • Archaebacteria / Archebacteria
  • eubacteria
  • archaebacteria / archebacteria
Translations

see also under bacterium

See also
  • culture (collective noun)

Etymology 2

From New Latin bacteria, from Ancient Greek βακτηρία (baktēría, rod, stick).

Noun

bacteria (plural bacteriae)

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

Anagrams

  • Arabetic, race-bait

Galician

Noun

bacteria f (plural bacterias)

  1. bacterium

Latin

Noun

bacteria

  1. nominative plural of bacterium
  2. accusative plural of bacterium
  3. vocative plural of bacterium

Spanish

Noun

bacteria f (plural bacterias)

  1. bacterium

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