bacillus

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English[edit]

bacilli
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin bacillus (little staff, wand).

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Noun[edit]

bacillus (plural bacilli)

  1. Any of various rod-shaped, spore-forming aerobic bacteria in the genus Bacillus, some of which cause disease.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Stolen Bacillus
      'This again,' said the Bacteriologist, slipping a glass slide under the microscope, 'is a preparation of the celebrated Bacillus of cholera - the cholera germ.'
  2. Any bacilliform (rod-shaped) bacteria.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of baculus (staff, walking stick).

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Noun[edit]

bacillus m (genitive bacillī); second declension

  1. Alternative form of bacillum

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative bacillus bacillī
genitive bacillī bacillōrum
dative bacillō bacillīs
accusative bacillum bacillōs
ablative bacillō bacillīs
vocative bacille bacillī

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References[edit]

  • bacillus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • bacillus in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016