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abacterial not caused by or characterised by the presence of bacteria.
acidophilus a bacterium used to counter intestinal imbalance and in making yoghurt.
acinetobacter a kind of bacteria, instrumental in causing respiratory disease.
actinobacillus a bacillus of the genus of bacteria Actinobacillus.
amphitricha bacteria that have flagella at both ends.
amphitrichous of or like amphitricha, bacteria that have flagella at both ends.
archaebacterium any of the microorganisms comprising the archaea.
azotobacter a nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
bacillus (Lat.) any rod-shaped bacterium; loosely any pathogenic bacterium.
bacterial of or like bacteria (noun) a bacterial substance
bacterially (Adv.) BACTERIAL.
bacterian of or like bacteria.
bacteric of or like bacteria.
bacterioid a swollen bacterium living symbiotically in the root-nodules of beans and other plants.
bacteriophage a bacterium that eats other bacteria.
bacteriophagic of or like a bacteriophage, a bacterium that eats other bacteria.
bacterium a class of unicellular or filamentous microorganisms.
bacteroid a swollen bacterium living symbiotically in the root-nodules of beans and other plants.
baregine (Fr.) a gelatinous mass of bacteria and sulphur found in mineral waters.
barophile able to tolerate or growing best in conditions of high atmospheric pressure; (noun) a bacterium able to tolerate high atmospheric pressure.
barophilic of bacteria, able to tolerate or growing best in conditions of high atmospheric pressure.
bifidum a bacterium often added to yogurt.
bifidus a genus of anaerobic bacteria, many of which are present natively in the human digestive system.
borrelia a type of bacterium.
botulin a powerful bacterial toxin.
botulinal relating to botulin, a powerful bacterial toxin.
brucella (Lat.) any of a genus of harmful bacteria.
campylobacter a bacterium that is a common cause of gastroenteritis in humans, and also of abortion in cattle and sheep.
chemolithotroph a bacterium that obtains its energy from inorganic compounds containing iron, nitrogen, or sulfur, and not from living on decaying organisms.
chlamydial relating to chlamydia, any microorganisms of the genus Chlamydia, resembling bacteria and viruses.
clostridial relating to clostridia.
clostridian relating to clostridia.
clostridium any of a genus of sporeforming mostly anaerobic soil or intestinal bacteria.
coccous of or like a coccus, a spherical bacterium.
coliform any of a group of rod-shaped bacteria typified by Escherichia coli.
coliphage any bacteriophage active against E. coli.
corynebacterial relating to corynebacterium, a bacterium that causes eg diphtheria.
corynebacterium a bacterium that causes eg dipththeria.
diphtheroid a bacterium that resembles the bacterium of diphtheria but does not produce diphtheria toxin.
diplococcal of or like a diplococcus.
diplococcic of or like a diplococcus.
diplococcus a coccus that divides by fission, the two resulting individuals remaining paired.
enterobacterial relating to enterobacteria.
enterobacterium any of a family of bacteria that includes salmonella and shigella.
enterococcal relating to enterococcus.
enterococcus any of a genus of bacteria that resemble streptococci and were formerly classified with them.
episomal of or like an episome, a genetically active particle found in bacteria.
episomally (Adv.) EPISOMAL, of or like an episome, a genetically active particle found in bacteria.
episome a genetically active particle found in bacteria.
eubacterium a member of the Eubacteriales; any typical bacterium.
exosporium the outermost layer of spores of certain bacilli.
gonococcoid having the shape of a gonococcus.
gonococcus the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea.
klebsiella a genus of gram-negative rodlike bacteria.
lactobacillus any of a genus of bacteria that produce lactic acid.
legionella a bacterium of the genus Legionella, esp one that causes legionnaires' disease.
listeria any bacterium of the genus Listeria, a widespread pathogen of people and animals.
listerial relating to listeria.
meningococcal of or relating to the bacterium meningococcus.
meningococcic of or relating to the bacterium meningococcus.
meningococcus a bacterium involved in cerebrospinal fever and meningitis.
micrococcal of or like a micrococcus.
micrococcus a small spherical bacterium.
monotrichic of bacteria, having a single flagellum.
monotrichous of bacteria, having a single flagellum.
mycobacterial relating to mycobacteria.
nitrobacterium a bacterium that convert ammonium compounds into nitrites, and esp those that convert nitrites into nitrates.
pasteurella a small rodlike bacterium of the genus Pasteurella.
peritrich a bacterium bearing a ring of cilia around the body.
phage (Short for) a bacteriophage, a bacterium that eats other bacteria.
pneumobacillus a rod-shaped bacterium that occurs in the respiratory tract and which causes pneumonia.
pneumococcal of or like a pneumococcus, a bacterium that causes an acute pneumonia involving one or more lobes of the lung.
pneumococcus a bacterium that causes an acute pneumonia involving one or more lobes of the lung.
prototroph a bacterium feeding only on inorganic matter.
pseudomonas any of a genus of rodlike bacteria, many of which cause disease in plants or animals.
rickettsia a genus of bacteria that cause typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
rhizobial relating to a rhizobium, a bacterium important in nitrogen fixation in leguminous plants.
rhizobium a bacterium important in nitrogen fixation in leguminous plants.
salmonella a genus of rodlike bacteria, associated with poisoning by contaminated food.
sarcina a type of bacterium.
shigella (Lat.) a rod-shaped bacterium that causes bacillary dysentery.
spirillar of or like a spirillum, a rod-shaped bacterium.
spirillum any rigid, spiral-shaped bacterium of the genus Spirillum.
spirulina any filamentous cyanobacterium of the genus Spirulina.
staph (Short for) staphylococcus.
staphylococcal relating to staphylococci.
staphylococcic relating to staphylococci.
staphylococcus a bacteria causing infection in wounds etc.
streptobacillus any of a genus of rodshaped bacteria in which the individual cells are often joined in a chain.
streptococcal relating to streptococci.
streptococcic relating to streptococci.
streptococcus any of a genus bacteria forming bent chains.
superbug a strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
thiobacillus any of several rod-shaped bacteria that derive energy from the oxidation of sulphur or sulphur compounds.
thiophil of bacteria, having an affinity for sulphur.
treponema a kind of bacterium, a spirochaete, that causes syphilis.
treponemal of or like a treponema, a kind of bacterium.
treponematous of or like a treponema, a kind of bacterium, a spirochaete, that causes syphilis.
treponeme a kind of bacterium, a spirochaete, that causes syphilis.
trichobacteria filamentous bacteria.
vibrio a genus of motile bacteria characterized by short, slightly sinuous filaments and an undulatory motion.
vibrioid of or like a vibrio, a genus of rod-shaped motile bacteria.
vibrion a genus of motile bacteria characterized by short, slightly sinuous filaments and an undulatory motion.
vibrionic of or like a vibrio, a genus of motile bacteria.
yersinia a bacterium spread by birds and animals, causing plague.
zooglea (Lat.) a mucilaginous mass of bacteria embedded in slimy material derived from swollen cell walls.
zoogleal of or like a zooglea, a mucilaginous mass of bacteria embedded in slimy material derived from swollen cell walls.
zoogloea (Lat.) a mucilaginous mass of bacteria embedded in slimy material derived from swollen cell walls.
zoogloeal of or like a zoogloea, a mucilaginous mass of bacteria.
zoogloeic of or like a zoogloea, a mucilaginous mass of bacteria.
zoogloeoid of or like a zoogloea, a mucilaginous mass of bacteria.