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ba·cil·lus

 (bə-sĭl′əs)
n. pl. ba·cil·li (-sĭl′ī′)
1. Any of various bacteria, especially a rod-shaped bacterium.
2. Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming, aerobic bacteria of the genus Bacillus that often occur in chains and include B. anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax.

[Late Latin, diminutive of Latin baculum, rod; see bak- in Indo-European roots.]
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bacillus

(bəˈsɪləs)
n, pl -cilli (-ˈsɪlaɪ)
1. (Microbiology) any rod-shaped bacterium, such as a clostridium bacterium. Compare coccus2, spirillum1
2. (Microbiology) any of various rodlike spore-producing bacteria constituting the family Bacillaceae, esp of the genus Bacillus
[C19: from Latin: a small staff, from baculum walking stick]
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ba•cil•lus

(bəˈsɪl əs)

n., pl. -cil•li (-ˈsɪl aɪ)
1. any rod-shaped or cylindrical bacterium of the genus Bacillus, comprising spore-producing bacteria.
2. (formerly) any bacterium.
[1880–85; < Late Latin, variant of Latin bacillum, diminutive of baculum staff, walking stick]
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ba·cil·lus

(bə-sĭl′əs)
Plural bacilli (bə-sĭl′ī′)
Any of various bacteria that are shaped like a rod.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bacillus - aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacteriumbacillus - aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil
anthrax bacillus, Bacillus anthracis - a species of bacillus that causes anthrax in humans and in animals (cattle and swine and sheep and rabbits and mice and guinea pigs); can be used a bioweapon
Bacillus globigii, Bacillus subtilis, grass bacillus, hay bacillus - a species of bacillus found in soil and decomposing organic matter; some strains produce antibiotics
Yersinia pestis - a bacillus bacterium that causes the plague; aerosolized bacteria can be used as a bioweapon
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
genus Bacillus - type genus of the Bacillaceae; includes many saprophytes important in decay of organic matter and a number of parasites
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Translations
basilli
bacilus

bacillus

[bəˈsɪləs] N (bacilli (pl)) [bəˈsɪlaɪ]bacilo m
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bacillus

[bəˈsɪləs] nbacille m
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bacillus

n pl <bacilli> → Bazillus m
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bacillus

[bəˈsɪləs] n (bacilli (pl)) [bəˈsɪlaɪ]bacillo
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ba·cil·lus

, bacilli
n. bacilo, microbio, bacteria en forma de bastoncillo;
Calmette-Guérin, bacille bilié ______ de Calmette Guérin, bacille bilié;
Koch's ___, Mycobacterium tuberculosis___ de Koch, micobacteria de la tuberculosis;
typhoid ___, Salmonella typhi___ de la fiebre tifoidea, Salmonela tifoidea.
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bacillus

n (pl -li) bacilo
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References in periodicals archive ?
[22], who isolated and identified different Bacillus species from teff dough that included Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus circulans, Bacillus laterosporus, Bacillus firmus, Bacillus alvei, and Bacillus larvae.
Throughout the world, one of the most severe honey bee's diseases is AFB (Shimanuki, 1997) caused by spore-forming, Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus larvae (formerly Bacillus larvae White) (Genersch et al., 2006), that is an infectious, highly contagious, cosmopolitan disease affecting mainly prepupa stage (Shimanuki et al, 1992).
apis fungus produced a substance that inhibited not only the European foulbrood bacterium, but also the Bacillus larvae bacterium that causes American foulbrood, a serious disease that can kill bee larvae if unchecked.