bacteria: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bak-tēr'ē-u), [key]
— sing. -te•ri•um
- 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.
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