Meaning of “bacterium” in the English Dictionary

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"bacterium" in British English

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bacteriumnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /bækˈtɪə.ri.əm/ us /bækˈtɪr.i.əm/ plural bacteria

C1 a type of very small organism that lives in air, earth, water, plants, and animals, often one that causes disease:

an illness caused by bacteria in drinking water
The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae causes about a third of some 3,000 annual meningitis cases.

(Definition of “bacterium” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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