from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Shaped like a rod or rods.
  • adjective Consisting of small rods or rodlike structures.
  • adjective Caused by, relating to, or resembling bacilli.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or consisting of bacilli; characterized by the presence or agency of bacilli.
  • Having the form of small rods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to little rods; rod-shaped.
  • adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to bacilli; produced by, or containing, bacilli; bacillar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to bacillus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to or produced by or containing bacilli
  • adjective formed like a bacillus


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From bacillus.


  • It was mainly what is called bacillary dysentery, for which Epsom salts is one of the best remedies.

    In Mesopotamia

  • These would have included things such as bacillary and amoebic dysentery, viral influenza and pneumonia, bacterial pathogens like staphylococcus and streptococcus, salmonella and other food poisoning agents, and various internal parasites.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • He said the institute was unable to test the present specimen for diseases such as bacillary dysentery and typhoid.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • There have been more cases of water-borne diseases picked up from Third World countries such as bacillary dysentery in the last three months in the Lothians than chickenpox.


  • The whole of India was a bacterial breeding ground, and many of the original members of their OSS team, who had spent weeks if not months in Calcutta or Delhi before moving to Ceylon in April to set up camp, had contracted bacillary dysentery.

    A Covert Affair

  • Invariably, the outings were followed by bacillary distress dysentery, which might as well have been on the menu and was, as a consequence, a major topic of dinner table conversation among Chinese and Westerners alike.

    A Covert Affair

  • According to early Tribune reports of August, 1941; the county began an aggressive chemical assault on Hill 57 to eradicate fly-borne bacillary dysentery after the deaths of five infants on Hill 57 that year.

    Melinda Gopher: Baucus and Hill 57 Victims of 30 Year Chemical War

  • Food-borne and water-borne illness: diseases, including amoebic and bacillary dysenteries and other diarrheal diseases, and the typhoid fevers are very common throughout the area.

    Mexico - travelers's summary profile

  • Bacteria like Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella typhii and several species of Shigella routinely inflict serious diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and bacillary dysentery, respectively.

    Chemical use in Africa~ opportunities and risks

  • "We'd be typing in 130-degree heat while we're crapping away with bacillary dysentery and sometimes the brass at Kandahar or Baghram would kick back and tell you the spelling was incorrect, that you weren't using the tab to delimit the form correctly."

    Into Thin Air


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