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.