- any of various bacilli that form in chains.
- any of the Gram-negative bacteria of the genus Streptobacillus, common in rat saliva and a cause of ratbite fever.
Origin of streptobacillus
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Still the terms thread, filament, or chain are more common for streptobacillus.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
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- A genus of gram-negative, rod-shaped, often pathogenic bacteria that typically occurs in chains, including a species that causes a type of rat-bite fever.
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