from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Bacillus subtilis: so called because it is abundantly obtained from infusions of hay. See Bacillus, 3.
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The fact that Pouchet and his co-workers, in perform - ing essentially the same experiments as Pasteur's, consistently observed bacterial growth under condi - tions where their great critic could discover none, was probably owing less to their lack of laboratory skill than to their preference for cultures (such as hay - infusions, where the spore of the hay-bacillus can withstand the prolonged action of boiling water) which could not be completely sterilized by the methods then in use.