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to change in composition by means of bacteria.


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  • Bacterium

    singular of bacteria. ubiquitous one-celled organisms, spherical, spiral, or rod-shaped and appearing singly or in chains, comprising the Schizomycota, a phylum of the kingdom Monera (in some classification systems the plant class Schizomycetes), various species of which are involved in fermentation, putrefaction, infectious diseases, or nitrogen fixation. Contemporary Examples Pertussis, or “whooping cough,” is caused […]

  • Bacteriuria

    the presence of bacteria in the urine. noun the presence of bacteria in the urine bacteriuria bac·te·ri·u·ri·a (bāk-tēr’ē-yur’ē-ə) n. The presence of bacteria in urine.

  • Bacteroid

    any of the rod-shaped or branched bacteria in the root nodules of nitrogen-fixing plants. Also, bacteroidal. resembling bacteria. adjective resembling a bacterium noun any rodlike bacterium of the genus Bacteroides, occurring in the gut of humans and animals

  • Bacteroides

    any of several rod-shaped, anaerobic bacteria of the genus Bacteroides, occurring in the alimentary and genitourinary tracts of humans and other mammals, certain species of which are pathogenic. Historical Examples Cultivation and classification of “bacteroides,” “symbionts,” or “rickettsiae” of Blattella germanica. The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches Louis M. Roth Bacteroides Bac·te·roi·des (bāk’tə-roi’dēz) n. A genus […]

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