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Open Bacterial diseases
Bacterial diseases

Bacterial infections occur when single-celled micro-organisms called bacteria colonize the human body. While this colonization is usually fended off

Open Bacteriophage

( băktēr'ēӘfāj´´ ), virus that infects bacteria and sometimes destroys them by lysis, or dissolution of the cell. Bacteriophages, or phages, have a

Open Badminton (Game)
Badminton (Game)

Racket game similar to lawn tennis but played on a smaller court and with a shuttlecock (a half sphere of cork or plastic with a feather or nylon

Open Balances (Weighing instruments)
Balances (Weighing instruments)

instrument used in laboratories and pharmacies to measure the mass or weight of a body. A balance functions by measuring the force of gravity that the

Open Baltimore, David
Baltimore, David

US virologist who was awarded a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1975 for his work with Renato Dulbecco and Howard Temin in discovering that

Open Bananas

name for several species of the genus Musa and for the fruits these produce. The banana plant—one of the largest herbaceous plants—is native to


( bärbĭch'Әrāt´´ ), any one of a group of drugs that act as depressants on the central nervous system . High doses depress both nerve and muscle

Open Barton, Clara, 1821-1912
Barton, Clara, 1821-1912

A Union battlefield nurse during the Civil War, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born December 25, 1821, in

Open Baseball

Sports historians long ago discredited the legend that a Civil War general by the name of Abner Doubleday invented baseball as a boy in 1839 in rural


Basil is an herbaceous member of the mint family, Labiatiaceae, that originated in India and has been used for about 5,000 years. The most common type