bacterial

adjective

bac·​te·​ri·​al bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce bacterial (audio)
: of, relating to, or caused by bacteria
bacterial infection
bacterially adverb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes the rash can lead to permanent scarring, and bacterial infections can occur on top of skin lesions, Glesby said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Many bacterial infections, including pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, blood poisoning and various foodborne diseases, have become harder—and in some cases, impossible—to treat because of rising microbial resistance to antibiotics. Stephanie Stone, Scientific American, 23 July 2022 In Spain, some patients were hospitalized due to bacterial infections of their sores. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 18 July 2022 With bacterial infections, prompt treatment with the right antibiotic is critical. Julie Stewart, Men's Health, 29 June 2022 However, these symptoms can also be from other common conditions such as chicken pox, syphilis, bacterial skin infections, or allergic reaction to medications. Emma Specter, Vogue, 27 June 2022 The February closure occurred as the Food and Drug Administration investigated severe bacterial infections in four infants, two of whom died. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 June 2022 The story centers on a police detective investigating multiple murders in Central Park in a too-near-future Earth, now rife with rampant bacterial infections. Hanif Abdurraqib, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Local doctors say viruses and bacterial infections that were on hiatus during COVID are back, circulating much later than typical, and setting up Florida for a long summer. Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 3 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bacterial was in 1869

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Cite this Entry

“Bacterial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacterial. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition

bacterial

adjective
bac·​te·​ri·​al bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce bacterial (audio)
: relating to or caused by bacteria
a bacterial infection

Medical Definition

bacterial

adjective
bac·​te·​ri·​al bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce bacterial (audio)
: of, relating to, or caused by bacteria
a bacterial chromosome
bacterial infection
bacterial endocarditis

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