noun, plural ba·cil·li [buh-sil-ahy] /bəˈsɪl aɪ/.
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Origin of bacillus
Words nearby bacillus
Example sentences from the Web for bacilli
That in the bacilli we have … the actual infective cause of tuberculosis.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’|Thomas Goetz|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cultures were made of these samples, and bacilli of different types were developed in the culture medium in a short time.Paint Technology and Tests|Henry A. Gardner
Tubercle bacilli vary widely in their virulence, and they are more tenacious of life than the common pyogenic bacteria.Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The curved bacilli are called “comma” bacilli, from their resemblance to the punctuation mark of that name.The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.|Edward W. Byrn
British Dictionary definitions for bacilli
noun plural -cilli (-ˈsɪlaɪ)
Word Origin for bacillus
Medical definitions for bacilli (1 of 2)
n. pl. ba•cil•li (-sĭl′ī′)
Medical definitions for bacilli (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for bacilli
Plural bacilli (bə-sĭl′ī′)
Cultural definitions for bacilli
One of three forms of bacteria, usually rod-shaped.