That in the bacilli we have … the actual infective cause of tuberculosis.
It was found that the bacilli steadily declined in virulence as the length of time they were kept in the emulsion was prolonged.
But there are influences, as there are bacilli, which unconsciously we absorb.
In all such cases the morbid liquids of the swellings teem with bacilli.
The latter come in contact with the bacilli, and remain for some time attached to them.
Strange as it may seem, the deadliest enemies of the soldier are not bullets but bacilli, and sewage is mightier than the sword.
Even a temperature of 70° C. is able to lessen the efficacy of the bacilli.
The blood during life communicated the same disease to other mice, and bacilli were always present in large numbers.
If the bacilli are aggregated into clumps, positive reaction.
The action of the bacilli upon the blood differs materially from that of the round bacteria.
1877, medical Latin, from Late Latin bacillus "wand," literally "little staff," diminutive of baculum "a stick," from PIE root *bak- "staff," also source of Greek bakterion (see bacteria). Introduced as a term in bacteriology 1853 by German botanist Ferdinand Cohn (1828-1898).
bacillus ba·cil·lus (bə-sĭl'əs)
n. pl. ba·cil·li (-sĭl'ī')
Any of various rod-shaped, usually gram-positive aerobic bacteria of the genus Bacillus that often occur in chains and include Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax.
Any of various bacteria, especially a rod-shaped bacterium.
A genus of rod-shaped gram-positive bacteria capable of producing endospores.
One of three forms of bacteria, usually rod-shaped.