aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil
Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming aerobic bacteria in the genus Bacillus, some of which cause disease.
Origin: From bacillus.
a variety of bacterium; a microscopic, rod-shaped vegetable organism
Bacillus is a genus of Gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria and a member of the phylum Firmicutes. Bacillus species can be obligate aerobes or facultative anaerobes, and test positive for the enzyme catalase. Ubiquitous in nature, Bacillus includes both free-living and pathogenic species. Under stressful environmental conditions, the cells produce oval endospores that can stay dormant for extended periods. These characteristics originally defined the genus, but not all such species are closely related, and many have been moved to other genera.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ba-sil′us, n. properly the name of a distinct genus of Schizomycetes, but popularly used in the same sense as Bacterium:—pl. Bacil′lī.—adjs. Bacil′lar, Bacil′lary, of the shape or nature of a bacillus, consisting of little rods.—n. Bacil′licide, that which destroys bacilli.—adj. Bacil′liform. [Low L. bacillus, dim. of baculus, a rod.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A genus of BACILLACEAE that are spore-forming, rod-shaped cells. Most species are saprophytic soil forms with only a few species being pathogenic.
The numerical value of bacillus in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of bacillus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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The interesting thing is that the Bacillus sends out these little shuttles to hopefully get ahold of iron and bring it back, but there is no guarantee.
The lab was working as part of a DOD effort to develop a new diagnostic test to identify biological threats, although an inactivated agent was expected, the lab reported they were able to grow live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).
People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.
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- staflaga baktería, bakteríaIcelandic
- 桿菌, バチルス, バシラスJapanese
- 간균, 杆菌Korean
- trực khuẩnVietnamese
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