Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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Noun1.Mycobacterium tuberculosis - cause of tuberculosisMycobacterium tuberculosis - cause of tuberculosis    
mycobacteria, mycobacterium - rod-shaped bacteria some saprophytic or causing diseases
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First, the War on Tuberculosis was characterized by a "bacillophobia," an obsession with preventing the spread of the Koch bacillus rather than by a concern with fortifying physical resistance to infection or eliminating the poverty that facilitated its spread.
For example, his discussion of the campaign against spitting - a section not recommended for the squeamish - uses recent studies in the history of disgust to demonstrate that this centerpiece of antituberculosis efforts was less the product of the recent discovery, of the Koch bacillus than of bourgeois revulsion against unpleasant smells and bodily fluids.