noun, plural ba·cil·li [buh-sil-ahy] /bəˈsɪl aɪ/.
Origin of bacillus
Related Words for bacillusmicroorganism, germ, virus, bug, bacterium, bacillus, pathogen, illness, ailment, sickness, disease, infection, microbe, crud, plague
Examples from the Web for bacillus
Contemporary Examples of 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?
Historical Examples of bacillus
I shall see that your name is coupled with the Bacillus as that of its discoverer.
If you think my sorrow could have been avoided, offer the Bacillus as a wedding gift to—.
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!
They have succeeded in isolating the bacillus leprae and studying it.The House of Pride
noun plural -cilli (-ˈsɪlaɪ)
Word Origin 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).