Originally a synonym for grain rather than a breakfast convenience food such as muesli or corn flakes, cereal derives from the Latin Cerialia, the Roman festivities honouring the gods of agriculture and growth – particularly the grain goddess Ceres.
[Abbr. for colony-forming unit] - In biology, a measure of the numbers of fungi or bacteria capable of creating a colony through cell division.
These are anaerobic, spore-forming, Gram-positive bacteria. Clostridia spores exhibit a very high resistance to thermal disinfecton methods and are able to survive a temperature of 100°C for several hours unharmed. Depending on the various investigation methods used, the LD90 value (UVC254nm) for Clostridia lies between 4.9 ... 23 mJ/cm2.
The adhering together of molecules within the same substance.
Conidia is the technical term for mould spores. See also spores.
Also known as ‘pink eye’, conjunctivitis is the medical term for a painful inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the eyelids and white of the eye, associated with reddening and swelling of the conjunctiva as well as increased lachrymation (flow of tears). An infection, allergy or mechanical irritation of the eyes (e.g. from contact lenses) can all cause conjunctivitis.
Degree of transmissibility of a pathogen via different routes of infection.
Here: The rendering unsuitable of biological samples owing to the presence of foreign matter.
Convection is defined as the movement of heat in which the warmed material moves towards the area of lower temperature.
The gel-like, liquid, organic basic substance, surrounded by the cell membrane, of which a microorganism consists.