bacteria bacteria  /bæk ˈtɪ ri ə/


  • (n) (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants


  1. A study finds that dozens of bacteria may be living in the average showerhead.
  2. No doubt you have heard that yogurt is teeming with bacteriaand no doubt you try not to think about that as you dig into a cup of the stuff.
  3. When it comes to bugs like bacteria and parasites, we've been trained to think that less is better.


  1. Research Suggests "Good" Bacteria Can Battle "Bad" Bacteria in Eye Infections

    Like animal predators attacking their prey, some bacteria consume and kill other bacteria. Scientists report progress in putting predator microbes to work, attacking antibiotic resistant bacteria that cause infections that lead to blindness.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Newswise

  2. Bacteria Nest Like Russian Dolls Inside Bugs

    Mealybugs are home to bacteria that nest inside other bacteria, like microscopic Russian dolls, a new study finds. The curious symbiotic relationship offers insight into the complex interplay between animals and microbes, the study researchers say.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! News

  3. Bacteria Closes Some Missouri Beaches

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Five swimming beaches at Missouri parks have been closed because after tests this week showed high levels of bacteria. A sixth beach - at Mark Twain State Park - remains closed because of flooding.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: KTTS 94.7

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  1. "Is the patient himself highly infectious? Fortunately, in this case, he's probably not," CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said. "But the other piece is this bacteria is a very deadly bacteria. We just have to err on the side of caution."
    on May 30, 2007 By: Julie Gerberding Source: ABC News

  2. "This technology stands to revolutionize the way we look at viruses, bacteria, proteins, and other biological elements," said IBM Fellow Mark Dean, vice president of strategy and operations for IBM Research, in a statement.
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Mark Dean Source: Computerworld

  3. "We've all seen the stories in the news about food contaminated with bacteria, medicines containing undisclosed drugs, or children's products manufactured with lead or other hazardous substances," Harper told a news conference. "Canadians...
    on Apr 8, 2008 By: Stephen Harper Source: 660 News

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