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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There, doctors diagnosed him with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a bacterial infection so rare that only 1 in 20,000 tick bites carry it. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Toddler Fell into a Coma After Developing Rare Disease from a Tick Bite," 4 June 2019 Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a serious, life-threatening bacterial infection transmitted by several types of ticks in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. al.com, "What is Rocky Mountain spotted fever? Ticks spread rare, deadly disease," 3 June 2019 Jakelin Caal Maquín, age 7, died of a bacterial infection in CBP custody in December. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Guatemalan 16-Year-Old Is the Latest Immigrant Minor to Die in U.S. Custody," 20 May 2019 Tonsil cancer can cause difficulty swallowing and a feeling like something is caught in your throat, the Mayo Clinic says, but those are also pretty standard for a sore throat related to a minor viral or bacterial illness. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Country Singer’s Sore Throat Turned Out to Be a Sign of Cancer," 24 Jan. 2019 Along with being an insecticide, the product is a virucide, bactericide (and inhibits bacterial growth), sanitizer and deodorant, mildewcide and fungicide. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Once and For All," 6 Nov. 2018 Conventional antibodies excel at sticking to flat surfaces on viral and bacterial molecules. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Mini-antibodies discovered in sharks and camels could lead to drugs for cancer and other diseases," 10 May 2018 Some diseases — both viral and bacterial — are known to spread from mice and other rodents to humans, including hantavirus, Lassa fever, and leptospirosis, often when the animals’ feces or urine contaminates people’s food. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Germs carried by New York’s mice are plentiful, and some have antibiotic-resistance genes," 17 Apr. 2018 The germs that cause viral and bacterial tonsillitis are contagious. Philly.com, "Teens and their tonsils: When do they need to be out?," 1 Mar. 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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