Bacterium (Bac•te•ri•um)

Any of a class of microscopic plants having round, rod- like, spiral, or filamentous single celled or non-celled bodies often aggregated into colonies or mobile by means of flagella, living in soil, water, organic matter, or bodies of plants and animals, and being autotrophic, saprophytic, or parasitic, in nutrition and important to humans because of their chemical effects and as pathogens.
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