bacillus bacillus  /bə ˈsɪ ləs/


  • (n) aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil


  1. Some years ago the Bulgarian scientist, Mechnikov, discovered a bacillus friendly to man, called it the Bacillus Bulgaricus, because it frequented the sour milk of Bulgaria.
  2. Unlike HIV, the tubercle bacillus succumbs to powerful medications.
  3. That bacillus is now known to cause infections in some flu victims, but only coincidentally.


  • Evolution Strikes Back Against Bioengineered Crops

    April Flowers for - Your Universe Online Since 1996, farmers across the globe have planted more than a billion acres of genetically modified corn and cotton that have been engineered to produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis , or Bt for short. Organic farmers used Bt proteins in sprays for decades to kill a number of devastating pests because the ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: redOrbit

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  1. "It's not an innocent white powder. It's some type of biological agent. I'm not a scientist but they say it belongs to the bacillus group and is being tested. I can't tell you any more than that," Mr Howard told Channel Nine television.
    on Jun 1, 2005 By: John Howard Source: BBC News

  2. Camus writes "the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come...
    on Apr 28, 2006 By: Albert Camus Source: Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine

  3. "It (the discovery of a new strain) shows that anthrax bacteria (bacillus anthracis) as a cause of death in wild apes is more widespread than believed until now," the Robert Koch Institute said in a statement, noting the same group had found a...
    on Feb 1, 2006 By: Robert Koch Source:

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