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[strep-toh-buh-sil-uh s]
noun, plural strep·to·ba·cil·li [strep-toh-buh-sil-ahy] /ˌstrɛp toʊ bəˈsɪl aɪ/. Bacteriology.
  1. any of various bacilli that form in chains.
  2. any of the Gram-negative bacteria of the genus Streptobacillus, common in rat saliva and a cause of ratbite fever.
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Origin of streptobacillus

From New Latin, dating back to 1895–1900; see origin at strepto-, bacillus
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Historical Examples of streptobacillus

  • Still the terms thread, filament, or chain are more common for streptobacillus.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

streptobacillus in Medicine


  1. 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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