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The infection is caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
  microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them) that can both cause disease and be beneficial.
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bacteria bacterial bacterium
Strongly Associated with:   microbe, virus
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A single bacteria is called a bacterium and consists of a single cell that  reproduces by splitting.

Bacteria are found virtually everywhere. For example, there are typically 40 million bacterial cells in a gram of soil and a million bacterial cells in a milliliter of fresh water. Many bacteria reside on our skin and in our bodies. For example, bacteria in the stomach help animals digest food.
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  • The infection is caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
  • After taking the medicine, I eat yogurt to replace healthy bacteria.
  • They can develop into new types of bacteria that the drugs don’t affect.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • In fact, man lived in a sea of bacteria.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain

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  • ...he hoped, that he didn’t get any of the bad bacteria.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • you may have hit on the supreme way to kill pathogenic bacteria.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Couldn’t tell which was more disgusting, but I was pretty sure that the biology and chemistry teachers never needed to pay for mold or bacteria kits again.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • AMRIID barely survived the flares, but they’re confident that the underground containment system for the most dangerous viruses, bacteria and biological weapons didn’t fail.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • And then, just to make sure I’d live through the war, I’d like, I don’t know, make myself immune to every virus and bacteria on Earth.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • ’, "That’s what happens when you spend your golden years in a place where oxygen and bacteria can’t exist, like the underside of our bog.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • I remembered the room number from Mrs. Hickey, which was easy for me to note because it was also the name of an anti-bacterial treatment we often used during the war, a solution of Salvarsan that was known as "606," the number of its compound denotation.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It had been a particularly virulent bacterial strain.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Most children of Demeter could do little more than make crops grow and keep bacterial fungi at bay.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Every touchable surface was a disease waiting to happen, every speck of dust an allergen poised to swell your nose and clog your ducts, every toothbrush bristle a bacterial playground.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I know a lot about bacteria and germs, so this is all very challenging for me.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • He was up very early these days, he had explained, leaving for his laboratory at Pfizer because of some very important bacterial cultures that needed his observation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I will have a positive attitude, take care of myself, I’ll feed myself enzymes, and friendly bacteria.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Lacking sulfa drugs or modern antibiotics, heat was the only defense against a bacterial infection.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Somebody made a bacterium that ate it.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • The worms and bacteria had eaten the rest.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • A cankering disease, due, it is believed, to the action of certain bacteria, presently seized upon it.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Did I worry about ingesting some horrid bacteria? I didn’t even think about it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Because they don’t work–the bacteria are smarter than your medicines.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I spoke privately to my family on the phone and refrained from mentioning to Mom that I had now contracted some kind of Afghan mountain bacteria that attacked my stomach like Montezuma’s revenge gets you in Mexico.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Before lunchtime, the lab had its answer: the lizard blood showed no significant reactivity to any viral or bacterial antigen.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • It turned noses into fountains, lungs into bacterial sponges.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Body lice and bacteria and fleas were dying by the billions.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • I wish to be totally clean, germless, without bacteria, like the surface ofthe moon.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • All of us carry the bacterium in our bodies, probably since birth or immediately thereafter.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • This other bacteria, permitted to age, does not kill a man but leaves in its wake the hulk of a creature torn and twisted; there is still fire within his being but it is kept alive by casting upon it faggots of scorn and hate.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He bought every available book on bacteria and began sending for magazines that printed articles of a mildly scientific nature.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The problem is not only that a single bacterium has become more virulent.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • She touched the wings of flies, the souls of invisible bacteria, all specks, mites, and mica-snowings of sunlight filtrated with motion and much more hidden emotion.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • I learned that in making their experiments scientists will take some group, bacteria, mice, people, and subject that group to certain conditions.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The tagline read, "A smile should be more than a memory," and the text expressed unemotional information about a "bacteria called plaque that grows and thrives below the gumline," but Mortenson was far beyond language.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Rats infected with deadly bacteria were systematically released among the populace, making Japan the only combatant to use biological warfare in World War II.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • and the bacteria inside Mr. Sorley?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Here, apparently, was the Palaeontological Section, and a very splendid array of fossils it must have been, though the inevitable process of decay that had been staved off for a time, and had, through the extinction of bacteria and fungi, lost ninety-nine hundredths of its force, was nevertheless, with extreme sureness if with extreme slowness at work again upon all its treasures.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • One day in a microbiology class the professor instructed the students to place a specimen on the agar in order to see if bacteria would grow in the petri dish.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • In the laboratory where he’d first seen bacteria swimming in a petri dish, there were no microscopes anymore — all stolen, the custodians said.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • You have to help me rid the world of this disease, as invisible and deadly as bacteria.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • The patient becomes a site of rapid bacterial evolution, with drugs supplying the selective pressure.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They learned that there was nothing so loathsome as a wisp of blanket fluff hiding under a bed, concealing within its form a battalion, a whole division, of bacteria.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • The doctors say I won’t die from AIDS—I’ll die from pneumonia or TB or a bacterial infection in the brain; but if you ask me, that’s just semantics.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Thus, on Heaven’s Gate, as I dredged bottom scum from the slop canals under the red gaze of Vega Primo or crawled on hands and knees through stalactites and stalagmites of rebreather bacteria in labyrinthine lungpipes, I became a poet.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And you separate it and skim it and nurse it with bacteria.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They reproduce by fission …. like all bacteria.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The tape kept bacteria out and blood in.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The Tug, Dad said, had the highest level of fecal bacteria of any river in North America.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • Chicago’s water teemed with bacteria, thanks mainly to the Chicago River.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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