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Definitions of bacillus

  1. aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. A variety of bacterium; a microscopic, rod-shaped vegetable organism. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A genus of BACILLACEAE that are spore-forming, rod-shaped cells. Most species are saprophytic soil forms with only a few species being pathogenic. Medical Dictionary DB
  4. Any of a genus, or kind, of rodshaped vegetable organisms, visible only under the microscope. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. 1. In anatomy, a rod-shaped structure, as the rods in the layer of rods and cones of the retina. 2. In pharmacy, pencil, a remedy, usually for external use, moulded into a cylindrical form. 3. A member of the genus Bacillus; used often also as a term for any bacterium. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  6. A genus of schizomycetes or bacteria, of a generally rod-shaped or elongated form, varying, however, considerably in shape and size; they divide transversely and may therefore be found in threads or chains of greater or lesser length. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  7. Genus of Schizomycetes. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  8. A species of rod-like microscopic organisms belonging to the genus Bacterium. Certain diseases are believed to be caused by these bodies being introduced into the system. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A rod-shaped bacteria found in certain diseases or diseased tissues. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. An elongated rodlike bacterium; a single-celled fungus. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  11. [Latin] A rod-like bacterium; a single-celled fungus. na
  12. ba-sil'us, n. properly the name of a distinct genus of Schizomycetes, but popularly used in the same sense as BACTERIUM:--pl. BACIL'L[=I].--adjs. BACIL'LAR, BACIL'LARY, of the shape or nature of a bacillus, consisting of little rods.--n. BACIL'LICIDE, that which destroys bacilli.--adj. BACIL'LIFORM. [Low L. bacillus, dim. of baculus, a rod.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Genus of schizomycetae, microscopic rodlike vegetable organisms some of which are found in diseased tissues in anthrax, phthisis, &c. [Late Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. pl. bacilli. A genus of schizomycetic organisms, consisting of non-motile, rod-like forms. American pocket medical dictionary.
  15. In anatomy one of the rods of the retina, also any rodlike body. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  16. In pharmacy, a medicated bougie or candle. Appleton's medical dictionary.

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