Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of BACILLUS

Pronunciation:  bu'silus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations

BACILLUS is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: B, bacilli
 See Also: eubacteria, eubacterium, genus Bacillus, true bacteria



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ba*cil"lus\, n.; pl. {Bacilli}. [NL., for L. bacillum.
See {Bacillarle}.] (Biol.)
A variety of bacterium; a microscopic, rod-shaped vegetable

Biology Dictionary
  1. A class of bacteria which are rod-shaped. Belonging to this class are: E. coli, Salmonella, Shigella, Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Clostridia; of these, Bacillus Calmett-Guérin is administered for vaccination against tuberculosis; bacteria causing tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and tuberculosis are also rod-shaped.
  2. A rod-shaped bacterium.
 Definition: A rod-shaped bacterium.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adenovirus, aerobe, aerobic bacteria, amoeba, anaerobe, anaerobic bacteria, bacteria, bacterium, bug, coccus, disease-producing microorganism, echovirus, enterovirus, filterable virus, fungus, germ, gram-negative bacteria, gram-positive bacteria, microbe, microorganism, mold, nonfilterable virus, pathogen, picornavirus, protozoa, protozoon, reovirus, rhinovirus, rickettsia, spirillum, spirochete, spore, staphylococcus, streptococcus, trypanosome, vibrio, virus