bacillary

adjective
ba·​cil·​la·​ry | \ ˈba-sə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce bacillary (audio) , bə-ˈsi-lə-rē\
variants: or less commonly bacillar \ bə-​ˈsi-​lər How to pronounce bacillar (audio) , ˈba-​sə-​lər \

Definition of bacillary

1 : shaped like a rod also : consisting of small rods
2 : of, relating to, or caused by bacilli

First Known Use of bacillary

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bacillary

Medieval Latin & New Latin bacillus

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bacillary

adjective
ba·​cil·​la·​ry | \ ˈbas-ə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce bacillary (audio) , bə-ˈsil-ə-rē How to pronounce bacillary (audio) \
variants: also bacillar \ bə-​ˈsil-​ər How to pronounce bacillar (audio) , ˈbas-​ə-​lər How to pronounce bacillar (audio) \

Medical Definition of bacillary

1 : shaped like a rod also : consisting of small rods
2 : of, relating to, or caused by bacilli bacillary meningitis

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