Bacteria vs Bactria - What's the difference?

bacteria | bactria |

As an adjective bacteria

is bacterial.

As a proper noun bactria is

(greek name for ancient country).



Etymology 1

From .


  • English plurals
  • (US) A type, species, or strain of bacterium
  • * {{quote-book, 2002, A.C. Panchdhari, Water Supply and Sanitary Installations citation
  • , passage=Anaerobic bacteria' function in the absence of oxygen, where as aerobic '''bacteria''' require sunlight and also oxygen. Both these ' bacterias are capable of breaking down the organic matter
  • (US, proscribed)
  • (pejorative, slang) A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
  • Usage notes
    * This is the plural form of the word. While it is often used as if it were singular (as a collective noun), this is considered nonstandard by some in the US and more elsewhere. See the usage examples under (bacterium).
    Derived terms
    * Bacteria * Eubacteria * Archaebacteria / Archebacteria * eubacteria * archaebacteria / archebacteria
    See also
    * culture (collective noun)

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • (dated, medicine) An oval bacterium, as distinguished from a spherical coccus or rod-shaped bacillus
  • Anagrams

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    Alternative forms

    * Bactriana, B?khtar in Persian, also Bhalika in Indian languages, and Ta-Hia in Chinese.

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • The ancient Greek name of the country between the range of the Hindu Kush and the Amu Darya in the Middle East, encompassing parts of northern Afghanistan, eastern Turkmenistan, southern Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and northern Pakistan.
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