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(bă-sil′ī″, ē″)
pl. bacilli [L. bacillus, diminutive of baculum, a staff, walking stick]

1. A rod-shaped microorganism.
2. A rod-shaped microorganism belonging to the class Schizomycetes.
SEE: Bacillus; SEE: bacterium

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