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[bak-teer-ee-ol-uh-jee] /bækˌtɪər iˈɒl ə dʒi/
a branch of microbiology dealing with the identification, study, and cultivation of bacteria and with their applications in medicine, agriculture, industry, and biotechnology.
Origin of bacteriology
1880-85; bacterio- + -logy
Related forms
[bak-teer-ee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /bækˌtɪər i əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
bacteriologic, adjective
bacteriologically, adverb
bacteriologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bacteriology
  • The need to culture has held bacteriology back since its earliest days.
  • He holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's in bacteriology.
  • Marine scientist, professor and a leading authority on algae, marine bacteriology and land plan ecology and taxonomy.
  • Almost for the first time in medicine, bacteriology led directly to dramatic new cures.
British Dictionary definitions for bacteriology


the branch of science concerned with the study of bacteria
Derived Forms
bacteriological (bækˌtɪərɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
bacteriologically, adverb
bacteriologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for bacteriology

1884, from German; see bacteria + -ology. Related: Bacteriological (1886). Bacteriological warfare is from 1924.

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bacteriology in Medicine

bacteriology bac·te·ri·ol·o·gy (bāk-tēr'ē-ŏl'ə-jē)
The study of bacteria, especially in relation to medicine and agriculture.

bac·te'ri·o·log'ic (-ə-lŏj'ĭk) adj.
bac·te'ri·ol'o·gist n.
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bacteriology in Science
The scientific study of bacteria, especially bacteria that cause disease.
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