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bacteria +‎ -ize


bacterize (third-person singular simple present bacterizes, present participle bacterizing, simple past and past participle bacterized)

  1. To treat with bacteria.
    • 1915, New Zealand Journal of Agriculture, volume 9, page 23:
      An analysis was made of the mixture of active bacterized peat and soil at the commencement of incubation as well as at the end.
    • 1917, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters, volume 36:
      We are going to bacterize about a ton of press cake and try it out on cane in the field, and see if we can notice differences.
    • 2002, Biological Control of Crop Diseases, page 16:
      This suspension may also be used to bacterize plants as foliar sprays. Biocontrol agents thus applied have been effective in bringing about significant suppression of several serious foliar rice diseases.

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