Any of a group of prokaryotic unicellular round, spiral, or rod-shaped single-celled microorganisms that are often aggregated into colonies by means of flagella. Bacteria live in soil, water, organic matter, or the bodies of plants and animals, and are autotrophic, saprophytic, or parasitic in nutrition. Bacteria are important because of their biochemical effects and pathogenicity.
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