- any rod-shaped or cylindrical bacterium of the genus Bacillus, comprising spore-producing bacteria.
- (formerly) any bacterium.
Origin of bacillus
Examples from the Web for bacillus
Anthrax, or Bacillus anthracis, is spore-forming bacteria found in soil that most commonly affects cattle.CDC: 80 May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax
June 19, 2014
Might Stevens have encountered spores of Bacillus anthracis during a recent hike through woods in North Carolina?
I shall see that your name is coupled with the Bacillus as that of its discoverer.
I found the story of the Bacillus, the curse that killed Darmstetter, that killed Helen.
The Bacillus is a cheat; every woman to her lover is the most beautiful!
If you think my sorrow could have been avoided, offer the Bacillus as a wedding gift to—.
They have succeeded in isolating the bacillus leprae and studying it.The House of Pride
Word Origin and History for bacillus
1877, medical Latin, from Late Latin bacillus "wand," literally "little staff," diminutive of baculum "a stick," from PIE root *bak- "staff," also source of Greek bakterion (see bacteria). Introduced as a term in bacteriology 1853 by German botanist Ferdinand Cohn (1828-1898).
- Any of various rod-shaped, usually gram-positive aerobic bacteria of the genus Bacillus that often occur in chains and include Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax.
- Any of various bacteria, especially a rod-shaped bacterium.
- A genus of rod-shaped gram-positive bacteria capable of producing endospores.
- Any of various pathogenic bacteria, especially one that is rod-shaped.