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

Examples of bacterial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These concerts were originally supposed to happen back in late September and early October, but were postponed after Madonna was hospitalized due to a bacterial infection. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Barnes said an East County veterinarian diagnosed it with cellulitis, a bacterial infection that forms under the skin. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 Whether the toilet lid is up or down doesn't make much difference in the spread of airborne bacterial and viral particles. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024 The agency was slow to inspect a major infant formula plant despite a whistleblower complaint about deadly bacterial contamination at the facility. John Wilkerson, STAT, 22 Jan. 2024 The other thing about this natural body wash is that the inclusion of aloe vera means that this body wash from Elm & Rye hosts bacterial fighting properties. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2024 Though the mother died seventy days into her term, after succumbing to an unrelated bacterial infection, her pregnancy has opened the door for the northern white rhino’s restoration. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 Leaving a tampon in for too long can increase your risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare but potentially life-threatening bacterial infection. Ayana Underwood, SELF, 24 Jan. 2024 The practice of variolation (inoculating an uninfected person with pus from an infected person) was commonly used during the 18th century to prevent bacterial infections like smallpox, and it was also sometimes used for preventing diseases during outbreaks, such as typhoid, plague, and cholera. Pat Bass, Md, Verywell Health, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacterial was in 1869

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“Bacterial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacterial. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bacterial

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

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
bacterially adverb

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