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[bas-uh-ler-ee, buh-sil-uh-ree] /ˈbæs əˌlɛr i, bəˈsɪl ə ri/
Also, bacilliform
[buh-sil-uh-fawrm] /bəˈsɪl əˌfɔrm/ (Show IPA)
. of or like a bacillus; rod-shaped.
Bacteriology. characterized by bacilli.
Also, bacillar
[buh-sil-er, bas-uh-ler] /bəˈsɪl ər, ˈbæs ə lər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of bacillary
1880-85; bacill- + -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bacillary
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  • Next Purkinje's figures, or shadows cast by the blood-vessels of the middle layer upon the bacillary layer of the retina.

  • Tuberculous disease of joints results from bacillary infection through the arteries.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Next is the bacillary layer which lines about five-sixths of the interior surface of the eye.

    Visual Illusions Matthew Luckiesh
  • Through the summer and autumn many cases of diarrhœa and of both amœbic and bacillary dysentery made their appearance.

British Dictionary definitions for bacillary


of, relating to, or caused by bacilli
Also bacilliform (bəˈsɪlɪˌfɔːm). shaped like a short rod
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bacillary in Medicine

bacillary bac·il·lar·y (bās'ə-lěr'ē, bə-sĭl'ə-rē) or ba·cil·lar (bə-sĭl'ər, bās'ə-lər)

  1. Shaped like a rod.

  2. Consisting of small rods or rodlike structures.

  3. Caused by, relating to, or resembling bacilli.

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