An example of bacteria are the organisms that cause common human illnesses like strep throat.
plural nounsing. -·rium or -·ria
Origin of bacteriaModL, plural of bacterium from Classical Greek bakt?rion, diminutive of baktron, a staff: see bacillus
- This is the plural form of the word. While it is often used as if it were singular (as a collective noun), this is considered nonstandard by some in the US and more elsewhere. See the usage examples under bacterium.
From New Latin bacteria, plural of bacterium, from Ancient Greek βακτήριον (baktērion), neuter diminutive of βακτηρία (baktēria, “rod, stick”).
From New Latin bacteria, from Ancient Greek βακτηρία (baktēria, “rod, stick”).
From Ancient Greek βακτηρία (baktēria, “rod”)