BACIL`LUS

   (lit. a little rod), a bacterium, distinguished as being twice as long as it is broad, others being more or less rounded.
   See BACTERIA.

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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  • tubercle bacillus — tu′bercle bacil lus n. mcr the bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, causing tuberculosis • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

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