a curved, rod-shaped bacterium, Vibrio cholerae, causing Asiatic cholera.
Origin of comma bacillus
First recorded in 1885–90
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The word is also applied to comma-shaped objects, such as the “comma-bacillus,” the causal agent in cholera.
a comma-shaped bacterium, Vibrio comma, that causes cholera in man: family Spirillaceae
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