non·​bac·​te·​ri·​al | \ ˌnän-bak-ˈtir-ē-əl How to pronounce nonbacterial (audio) \

Definition of nonbacterial

: not bacterial : not consisting of, resulting from, or caused by bacteria nonbacterial gastroenteritis

Examples of nonbacterial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This effect has been observed for other viral diseases, such as influenza and nonbacterial pneumonia, and is clearly an important consideration, especially when so many people are encountering a novel virus for the first time as adults. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2021 Doctors learned that the patient featured in the NEJM report had a type of endocarditis called nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis. Maggie O'neill,, 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of nonbacterial

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbacterial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of nonbacterial

: not of, relating to, caused by, or being bacteria nonbacterial pneumonia


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