- Plural of bacterium.
- A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
- a taxonomic kingdom, within domain Prokaryota - single cell organisms (the bacteria); once divided into the Archebacteria and Eubacteria
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Bac*te"ri*a (&?;), n. pl. See
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bacte`ria, exceedingly minute organisms of the simplest structure,
being merely cells of varied forms, in the shape of spheres, rods, or
intermediate shapes, which develop in infusions of organic matter, and
multiply by fission with great rapidity, fraught, as happens, with life
or death to the higher forms of being; conspicuous by the part they play
in the process of fermentation and in the origin and progress of disease,
and to the knowledge of which, and the purpose they serve in nature, so
much has been contributed by the labours of M. Pasteur.
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