• Bacteria
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bacteria (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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet
    • n. pl Bacteria See Bacterium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Close to fifty percent of the bacteria in the mouth lives on the surface of our tongue
    • n bacteria 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 400 species of bacteria in the human colon
    • Bacteria bak-tē′ri-a Schizomycetes, extremely small, single-celled, fungoid plants, single or grouped, reproducing rapidly by cross division or by the formation of spores, almost always associated with the decomposition of albuminoid substances, and regarded as the germs or active cause of many diseases
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. baktērion, dim. of baktron, stick, staff.


In literature:

The general relations of bacteria to disease and the principles of immunity and its control are included.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Bishop has tested innumerable spores and bacteria.
"Competition" by James Causey
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
When it is not this, it is the action of bacteria.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
The words are the bacteria.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
There its operator, a deformed cripple, left bacteria similar to those he had given to the United States.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Bacteria struggle together, one form devouring another form.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
In this sense bacteria are most important factors in causing gritty deposits in the urine.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
There are liable to be a hundred different strains of bacteria that can kill it.
"Black Eyes and the Daily Grind" by Milton Lesser
Yeasts and their spores are, however, more easily destroyed by heat than bacteria spores.
"Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation" by Maria Parloa
His discovery of bacteria is recorded in Phil.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Plan to destroy Allied army horses by means of bacteria (Sternberg).
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
It probably has a lower bacteria count than our well.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Bacteria was piped in, first the known germ diseases, then mutated species.
"Diplomatic Immunity" by Robert Sheckley
He had no thought of bacteria from the cloth to infect the wound.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
Spore formation, however, occurs in only a very few varieties of pathogenic bacteria.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
Very many kinds of bacteria and other germs are found nearly everywhere.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
This condition is of the utmost importance in the destruction of bacteria in the dairy and creamery.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
Further on some germs or bacteria are coming up the stream; they may be pneumonia germs, or typhoid germs.
"Keep-Well Stories for Little Folks" by May Farinholt-Jones
There was no fear of bacteria, nor of poison in the pot, nor of the ills of bad drainage.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In news:

This new product helps protect trees using fungi, plant boosters and beneficial bacteria.
Pinkeye is caused by a bacteria and/or virus, along with a combination of predisposing factors.
Kleenex hand sanitizer has been recalled after the manufacturer detected bacteria.
Bacteria is bad for you.
These age-old kitchen rules are generally good ones to live by, except for the hundreds of foods and drinks that actually require the growth of bacteria to make them taste the way we do — we're talking cheese, wine, cured meat and beer.
A tip for parents on keeping kids' teeth healthy through Halloween: Try to avoid gooey and chewy candy, like caramels, that linger on the teeth and allow the bacteria in the mouth to produce more acid, which causes tooth decay.
Batavia classes resume today after cleaning to remove bacteria.
Batavia schools where bacteria was found (Google map).
Pneumophila bacteria is most commonly associated with the disease outbreak legionellosis .
Legionella bacteria thrive in stagnant water — things such as water tanks, reservoirs, piping systems, sink basins, etc.
The incubation period for Pontiac Fever is believed to be approximately 24 to 48 hours after exposure to the Legionella bacteria.
Both Pontiac Fever and Legionnaires' disease, collectively and individually know as legionellosis , are caused by exposure to the bacteria.
The bacteria that causes the disease has been found in the water.
Traces of Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria Found in Batavia.
School officials in Batavia have notified parents that the Legionella bacteria was detected through water analysis.

In science:

Bacteria also encounter viscoelastic fluids: The ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori swims through mucus lining the stomach [259], and spirochetes move through the connective tissue of the host during infection [260].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
In a pioneering experiment, suspensions of swimming bacteria were seen to provide an effective hightemperature thermal bath for suspended inert particles [162].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Finally, many of the implications of the ideas sketched in this review have yet to be realized in important areas such as the ecology of marine bacteria, the formation of bacterial biofilms, and the mechanics of reproduction.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Rapid rotation of flagellar bundles in swimming bacteria.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Hydrodynamic forces and band formation in swimming magnetotactic bacteria. J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Pair velocity correlations among swimming Escherichia coli bacteria are determined by force-quadrupole hydrodynamic interactions.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Hydrodynamic interaction between two swimming bacteria.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Three-dimensional tracking of motile bacteria near a solid planar surface.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Swimming in circles: Motion of bacteria near solid boundaries.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
For example, the flagellum propulsion unit of bacteria is a very ordered structure.
An Algorithmic Information Theory Critique of Statistical Arguments for Intelligent Design
For example, it is possible to isolate bacteria based on some general characteristics displayed by the correlated molecules within all strains of bacteria, and bacteria can be further divided into possible strains.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
The distribution of such strains can be studied in a system consisting of bacteria even though these bacteria are not completely isolated from the larger environment.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
Similarly, a bacterial colony may be comprised of individual bacteria.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
If the colony itself is taken as an identity unit, the characteristic of the colony would reflect only the characteristics of one strain of bacteria.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
If separate bacterial colonies exist consisting of different strains of bacteria, a measurement or detection of a colony will yield the characteristics of the bacteria associated with the colony.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking