tubercle bacillus


noun
  1. the bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, causing tuberculosis.

Origin of tubercle bacillus

1
First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby tubercle bacillus

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How to use tubercle bacillus in a sentence

  • There are a number of bacilli, called acid-fast bacilli, which stain in the same way as the tubercle bacillus.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • Ordinarily, no attempt is made to identify any but the tubercle bacillus and the gonococcus.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • This will show all bacteria except the tubercle bacillus, and often no other stain is necessary for their identification.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • In tuberculous disease the tubercle bacillus is present in the discharge, but its detection offers some difficulties.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • Very few human beings entirely escape infection from the tubercle bacillus at some time in life.

    Health Through Will Power | James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for tubercle bacillus

tubercle bacillus

noun
  1. a rodlike Gram-positive bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, that causes tuberculosis: family Mycobacteriaceae

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