bac·​te·​ri·​ol·​o·​gy | \ (ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈä-lə-jē \

Definition of bacteriology

1 : a science that deals with bacteria and their relations to medicine, industry, and agriculture
2 : bacterial life and phenomena

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Other Words from bacteriology

bacteriologic \ bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik \ or bacteriological \ bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
bacteriologically \ bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
bacteriologist \ (ˌ)bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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He instead enrolled at the University of Maine, which had a bacteriology department. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Stanley Falkow, microbiologist who studied bacteria and the diseases they cause, dies at 84," 12 May 2018 Another one of my idols is Robert Koch, known as the founding father of bacteriology. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Meet 7 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists," 9 Mar. 2018 Two years later, Dr. Gunther earned a master of science degree in agricultural bacteriology. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Helge Liane Gunther, 88, researcher and translator of scientific papers," 27 July 2017 Dr. Sladen graduated with bachelor of medicine and bachelor of science degrees from London University in 1946 and later earned a medical degree from London University, where his specialty was bacteriology. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "William J.L. Sladen, Expert on Penguin Libidos, Is Dead at 96," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of bacteriology

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bacteriology was in 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of bacteriology

: the scientific study of bacteria


bac·​te·​ri·​ol·​o·​gy | \ (ˌ)bak-ˌtir-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē \
plural bacteriologies

Medical Definition of bacteriology

1 : a science that deals with bacteria and their relations to medicine, industry, and agriculture
2 : bacterial life and phenomena

Other Words from bacteriology

bacteriologic \ bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​ˈläj-​ik \ or bacteriological \ -​ˈläj-​i-​kəl \ adjective
bacteriologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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