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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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An elongated rodlike bacterium; a single-celled fungus. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for bacillus

  1. He, also, was bitten by the presidential bacillus and was a candidate for the nomination at three conventions, but each time fell short of the goal- once when he had it seemingly within his grasp. – American Men of Action by Burton E. Stevenson
  2. Bacillus botulinus produces a toxin that is extremely virulent. – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
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