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Water Glossary: A B C D E F G H IL M N O PQ R S T UV WZ


: A microscopic unicellular organism that lacks a nuclear membrane. Some can cause disease.



: Plural of bacterium.



: A substance that has a pH value between 7 and 14.



: The solid rock that underlies all soil, sand, clay, gravel, and other loose materials on the earth's surface. Unfractured bedrock is impermeable while fractured bedrock may store and transmit groundwater.



: Water that contains animal, human or food wastes.


blue baby syndrome

: A pathological condition, called methemoglobinemia, in which blood's capacity for oxygen transport is reduced, resulting in a bluish skin discoloration in infants. Ingestion of water contaminated with nitrates or certain other substances is the cause.



: A mixture of freshwater and saltwater.



: A solution or liquid whose chemical makeup neutralizes acids or bases without a great change in pH.


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