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Definition of Bacteriology

Bacteriology: The science and study of bacteria and their relation to medicine and to other areas such as agriculture (e.g., farm animals) and industry. Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms which can live as independent organisms or, dependently, as parasites. Among the better known bacteria are strep, staph, and the agents of tuberculosis and leprosy.

Bacteriology is a part of microbiology which encompasses the study of bacteria, viruses, and all other sorts of microorganisms.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=13273
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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