[ bas-uh-ler-ee, buh-sil-uh-ree ]
/ ˈbæs əˌlɛr i, bəˈsɪl ə ri /


Also ba·cil·li·form [buh-sil-uh-fawrm] /bəˈsɪl əˌfɔrm/. of or like a bacillus; rod-shaped.
Bacteriology. characterized by bacilli.
Also ba·cil·lar [buh-sil-er, bas-uh-ler] /bəˈsɪl ər, ˈbæs ə lər/.

Origin of bacillary

First recorded in 1880–85; bacill- + -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bacillary

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

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • 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.

  • 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


bacillar (bəˈsɪlə)

/ (bəˈsɪlərɪ) /


of, relating to, or caused by bacilli
Also: bacilliform (bəˈsɪlɪˌfɔːm) shaped like a short rod
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Medicine definitions for bacillary


[ băsə-lĕr′ē, bə-sĭlə-rē ]


Shaped like a rod.
Consisting of small rods or rodlike structures.
Caused by, relating to, or resembling bacilli.
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