a bacterial infection of the inner lining of the heart, most often of the heart valves, characterized by fever, enlarged spleen, and heart murmur.
bacterial endocarditis n.
Infectious endocarditis caused by the direct invasion of bacteria and leading to deformity of the heart valves.
- Bacterial endarteritis
bacterial endarteritis bacterial endarteritis n. The implantation and growth of bacteria with formation of vegetations on the arterial wall.
- Bacterial food poisoning
bacterial food poisoning bacterial food poisoning n. Enteritis or gastroenteritis caused by bacterial multiplication or by a soluble bacterial exotoxin in ingested foods.
- Bacterial infection
bacterial infection An infection caused by bacteria. The growth of many disease-causing bacteria can be halted by the use of antibiotics. (Compare viral infection.) Note: Diseases caused by bacterial infections include diphtheria, gonorrhea, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. Contemporary Examples The bacterial infection that cost Aimee Copeland her leg and hands is rare, but when it […]
- Bacterial meningitis
noun inflammation of the meninges due to a bacterial infection Usage Note medicine Contemporary Examples After their split, Jim Friel died shockingly at age 48 of bacterial meningitis. Can This SVU Crime Fighter Save the NFL? Lloyd Grove September 25, 2014