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[bas-uh-ler-ee, buh-sil-uh-ree] /ˈbæs əˌlɛr i, bəˈsɪl ə ri/
Also, bacilliform
[buh-sil-uh-fawrm] /bəˈsɪl əˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA)
. of or like a bacillus; rod-shaped.
Bacteriology. characterized by bacilli.
Also, bacillar
[buh-sil-er, bas-uh-ler] /bəˈsɪl ər, ˈbæs ə lər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bacillary
First recorded in 1880-85; bacill- + -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for bacillary
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  • Through the summer and autumn many cases of diarrhœa and of both amœbic and bacillary dysentery made their appearance.

  • Next Purkinje's figures, or shadows cast by the blood-vessels of the middle layer upon the bacillary layer of the retina.

  • Tuberculous disease of joints results from bacillary infection through the arteries.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Next is the bacillary layer which lines about five-sixths of the interior surface of the eye.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for bacillary


of, relating to, or caused by bacilli
Also bacilliform (bəˈsɪlɪˌfɔːm). shaped like a short rod
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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bacillary in Medicine

bacillary bac·il·lar·y (bās'ə-lěr'ē, bə-sĭl'ə-rē) or ba·cil·lar (bə-sĭl'ər, bās'ə-lər)

  1. Shaped like a rod.

  2. Consisting of small rods or rodlike structures.

  3. Caused by, relating to, or resembling bacilli.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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