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Bacterial Anatomy

  • Bacteria possess a variety of structural features whose details are critical for understanding their detection, pathogenesis, and antibiotic susceptibility.
Bacterial Shapes
  • Bacteria generally fall into four categories of cellular shapes. The interlinks below can be used to list organisms with the designated shapes
  • Cocci: Round
  • Rods: Also known as "Bacilli" are cylindrical
  • Spirochete: Spiral-Shaped
  • Pleomorphic: No distinct shape