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bacillary Tweet Definition of bacillary Like Definition of bacillary on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to bacillus.
An example of infection is anthrax.
bacillus Tweet Definition of bacillus Like Definition of bacillus on Facebook
noun (bacilli)
  1. Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming aerobic bacteria in the genus Bacillus, some of which cause disease
bacteria Tweet Definition of bacteria Like Definition of bacteria on Facebook
nounplural
  1. (microbiology) (plural of, bacterium)
  2. (pejorative) A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
bacteriolysis Tweet Definition of bacteriolysis Like Definition of bacteriolysis on Facebook
noun
  1. the destruction of bacteria by lysis
bacteriophage Tweet Definition of bacteriophage Like Definition of bacteriophage on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, microbiology, virology) A virus that specifically infects bacteria.
bacterium Tweet Definition of bacterium Like Definition of bacterium on Facebook
noun (plural bacteria)
  1. a single celled organism with no nucleus or organelles
bloom Tweet Definition of bloom Like Definition of bloom on Facebook
noun
  1. A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  2. Flowers, collectively.
  3. (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
The cherry trees are in bloom.
  1. A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
the bloom of youth
  1. The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  2. Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  3. The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  4. A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather. (Knight.)
  5. (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
the rose-red cobalt bloom
  1. A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
blue-green algae Tweet Definition of blue-green algae Like Definition of blue-green algae on Facebook
noun
  1. (plural of, blue-green alga)
brewer's yeast Tweet Definition of brewer Like Definition of brewer
noun
  1. Any live yeast used in brewing or yeast obtained as a by-product of brewing, dried and killed, and used as nutritional yeast.
broth Tweet Definition of broth Like Definition of broth on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable; pluralbroths)
  1. (uncountable) Water in which food (meat or vegetable etc) has been boiled.
  2. (countable) A soup made from broth and other ingredients such as vegetables, herbs or diced meat.

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