(Bac*te"ri*a) n. pl. See Bacterium.
(Bac*te"ri*al) a. (Biol.) Of or pertaining to bacteria.
(Bac*te"ri*ci`dal) a. Destructive of bacteria.
(Bac*te"ri*cide) n. [Bacterium + L. caedere to kill] (Biol.) Same as Germicide.
(Bac*te"ri*o*log`ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to bacteriology; as, bacteriological studies.
(Bac*te"ri*ol`o*gist), n. One skilled in bacteriology.
(Bac*te"ri*ol`o*gy) n. [Bacterium + -logy.] (Biol.) The science relating to bacteria.
(Bac*te`ri*o*scop"ic) a. (Biol.) Relating to bacterioscopy; as, a bacterioscopic examination.
(Bac*te`ri*os"co*pist) n. (Biol.) One skilled in bacterioscopic examinations.
(Bac*te`ri*os"co*py) n. [Bacterium + -scopy.] (Biol.) The application of a knowledge of
bacteria for their detection and identification, as in the examination of polluted water.
(Bac*te"ri*um) n.; pl. Bacteria [NL., fr. Gr. bakth`rion, bak`tron, a staff: cf. F. bactérie.]
(Biol.) A microscopic vegetable organism, belonging to the class Algæ, usually in the form of a jointed
rodlike filament, and found in putrefying organic infusions. Bacteria are destitute of chlorophyll, and
are the smallest of microscopic organisms. They are very widely diffused in nature, and multiply with
marvelous rapidity, both by fission and by spores. Certain species are active agents in fermentation,
while others appear to be the cause of certain infectious diseases. See Bacillus.
(Bac"te*roid Bac`te*roid"al) a. [Bacterium + -oid.] (Biol.) Resembling bacteria; as, bacteroid
Bactrian camel, the two-humped camel.
(Bac"tri*an) a. Of or pertaining to Bactria in Asia. n. A native of Bactria.
(Bac"ule) n. [F.] (Fort.) See Bascule.
(Bac"u*line) a. [L. baculum staff.] Of or pertaining to the rod or punishment with the rod.
(Bac"u*lite) n. [L. baculum stick, staff; cf. F. baculite.] (Paleon.) A cephalopod of the extinct
genus Baculites, found fossil in the Cretaceous rocks. It is like an uncoiled ammonite.
(Bac`u*lom"e*try) n. [L. baculum staff + -metry.] Measurement of distance or altitude by
a staff or staffs.