bacterial

adjective
bac·te·ri·al | \bak-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Definition of bacterial 

: of, relating to, or caused by bacteria bacterial infection

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Other Words from bacterial

bacterially \bak-ˈtir-ē-ə-lē \ adverb

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The child’s condition deteriorated, and he was taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Staff And Wire Reports, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parents of South Florida boy shot and killed at school 20 years ago get settlement from state," 27 Mar. 2018 Infection leads to the inflammation, granulomas, and systemic bacterial spread within the patient. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Berserk leprosy bacteria are wildly mutating to become extremely drug resistant," 29 Jan. 2018 Perez, of Millville, contracted Vibrio necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection, and is in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital, New Jersey Advance Media reported. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Father Who Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Crabbing in N.J. Now Faces Losing All 4 Limbs," 10 July 2018 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eating raw seafood or exposing open wounds to brackish or salt water can increase a person’s risk of contracting the bacterial infection. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "NJ dad may lose all 4 limbs after contracting bacterial infection while crabbing," 10 July 2018 An acute bacterial infection caused the death of Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin that died at an aquatics facility near Scottsdale on May 22. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Report: Alia the bottlenose dolphin died of a bacterial infection," 29 June 2018 Most of them cause diarrhea — norovirus, bacterial infections like Shigella and E. coli, and parasites like Cryptosporidium were all reported. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "There might be poop in the water you’re swimming in so please don’t swallow it, CDC says," 29 June 2018 Tests proved him right. Spraying experimental rice plants with artificial acid rain immediately cut their release into the soil of three relevant bacterial foodstuffs—fumaric acid, galactose and glucose. The Economist, "A cheap way to save rice plants from the effects of acid rain," 12 July 2018 Emilie Gentry, 28, almost died after contracting bacterial infection chorioamnionitis, which impacts the membranes of the uterus and the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bacterial

1869, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for bacterial

bacterial

adjective
bac·te·ri·al | \bak-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Kids Definition of bacterial

: relating to or caused by bacteria a bacterial infection

bacterial

adjective
bac·te·ri·al | \bak-ˈtir-ē-əl \

Medical Definition of bacterial 

: of, relating to, or caused by bacteria a bacterial chromosome bacterial infection bacterial endocarditis

Other Words from bacterial

bacterially \-ə-lē \ adverb

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