noun, plural ba·cil·li [buh-sil-ahy] /bəˈsɪl aɪ/.
Origin of bacillus
Related Words for bacillimicroorganism, germ, virus, bug, bacterium, bacillus, pathogen, illness, ailment, sickness, disease, infection, microbe, crud, plague, germs
Examples from the Web for bacilli
Contemporary Examples of bacilli
That in the bacilli we have … the actual infective cause of tuberculosis.When TB Was a Death Sentence: An Excerpt From ‘The Remedy’
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of bacilli
I think he is taking home the bacilli of the bubonic plague as a present to our country.Quaint Courtships
But there are influences, as there are bacilli, which unconsciously we absorb.The Paliser case
The latter come in contact with the bacilli, and remain for some time attached to them.Histology of the Blood
Nearly all cocci are immotile, while the bacilli may or may not be.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
Even a temperature of 70° C. is able to lessen the efficacy of the bacilli.
noun plural -cilli (-ˈsɪlaɪ)
Word Origin for bacillus
plural of bacillus (q.v.).
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).
n. pl. ba•cil•li (-sĭl′ī′)
Plural bacilli (bə-sĭl′ī′)
One of three forms of bacteria, usually rod-shaped.