bacteriology


bac·te·ri·ol·o·gy

noun \(ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈä-lə-jē\

: the scientific study of bacteria

Full Definition of BACTERIOLOGY

1
:  a science that deals with bacteria and their relations to medicine, industry, and agriculture
2
:  bacterial life and phenomena
bac·te·ri·o·log·ic \bak-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈlä-jik\ or bac·te·ri·o·log·i·cal \-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
bac·te·ri·o·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
bac·te·ri·ol·o·gist \(ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of BACTERIOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1884

Other Microbiology Terms

pathogen, salmonella, tetanus

bac·te·ri·ol·o·gy

noun \(ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural bac·te·ri·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of BACTERIOLOGY

1
: a science that deals with bacteria and their relations to medicine, industry, and agriculture
2
: bacterial life and phenomena
bac·te·ri·o·log·ic \bak-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈläj-ik\ or bac·te·ri·o·log·i·cal \-ˈläj-i-kəl\ adjective
bac·te·ri·o·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

bacteriology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Study of bacteria. Modern understanding of bacterial forms dates from Ferdinand Cohn's classifications. Other researchers, such as Louis Pasteur, established the connection between bacteria and fermentation and disease. The modern methods of bacteriological technique began in the late 19th century with the use of stains and the development of methods of cultivating organisms on plates of nutrients. Important discoveries came when Pasteur succeeded in immunizing animals against two bacterial diseases, which led to the development of immunology. See also microbiology.

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