Meaning of “bacillus” in the English Dictionary

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"bacillus" in British English

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bacillusnoun [ C ]

uk /bəˈsɪl.əs/ us /bəˈsɪl.əs/ plural bacilli uk /-aɪ/ us specialized

Examples from literature

  • He experimented with anthrax bacilli in water to which iodine was added, and the bacilli were destroyed. 
  • Hog-cholera bacilli can live in the ground for at least three months. 
  • The so-called cholera bacillus must gain access to the intestinal tract before it finds conditions suitable to colonization. 
  • Tuberculosis, tetanus, anthrax, and many other surgical diseases are due to different forms of bacilli. 
  • When these dead, or half-dead, bacilli are injected into the system, they stir up the body to produce promptly large amounts of its antitoxin. 

(Definition of “bacillus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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