noun, plural ba·cil·li [buh-sil-ahy] /bəˈsɪl aɪ/.
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.
Might Stevens have encountered spores of Bacillus anthracis during a recent hike through woods in North Carolina?
Bacillus cuenoti Mercier, bactéroide de Periplaneta orientalis, à la morphologie d'une bactérie.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches|Louis M. Roth
Cream ripened with common bacteria found in hay dust (Bacillus subtilis) gives a very undesirable flavor to butter.
British Dictionary definitions for bacillus
noun plural -cilli (-ˈsɪlaɪ)
Word Origin for bacillus
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).