bacterial

adjective
bac·​te·​ri·​al | \ bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce bacterial (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bacterially (audio) \ adverb

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The gene blasting approach does too much damage to be effective, and plants are impressively resistant to bacterial infection. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "An Advance in Bioengineering Could Pave the Way for Tomorrow’s Superplants," 12 Mar. 2019 Last year, Mainers reported 20 cases of ehrlichiosis, a bacterial illness that can cause flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing, up from just four cases the year before. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Maine on the lookout for ticks that cause red-meat allergy," 25 June 2018 Look for fermented foods, like sauerkraut, tempeh, and miso, as well as Greek yogurt with at least five strains of bacterial cultures added to it. Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System, According to a Registered Dietitian," 30 Jan. 2019 From maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the skin to treating flare-ups and breakouts of all sizes, here experts weigh in on why a probiotic-laced skin-care regimen actually works. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Probiotic Skin Care Is Actually Worth It, According to Experts—and Here's Why," 8 Jan. 2019 According to Zeichner, petrolatum and petroleum jelly can interfere with the proper functioning of the skin, alter the vagina’s natural pH, and contribute to bacterial overgrowth. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Viral meningitis — not to be confused with the serious and potentially deadly bacterial meningitis — can spread if a person with the virus comes into close contact with a person who doesn’t have it. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Michigan schools report viral meningitis cases across several districts: report," 19 Sep. 2018 Official Iraqi government statistics put the chemical contamination of Basra’s water at 100 percent, and the bacterial pollution at 50 percent. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The violent protests in Iraq, explained," 8 Sep. 2018 Yeast is a fungus, but C. auris is behaving like a bacterium — in fact, like a bacterial superbug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 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 How to pronounce bacterial (audio) \

Kids Definition of bacterial

: relating to or caused by bacteria a bacterial infection

bacterial

adjective
bac·​te·​ri·​al | \ bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce bacterial (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bacterially (audio) \ adverb

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