from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the form of a little chain; -- applied to bacteria when, as in multiplication by fission, they form a chain of filiform individuals.
- n. A genus of bacteria, characterized by having their filaments very long, slender, and indistinctly articulated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A group of bacteria originally regarded as a genus, comprising those having the form of an unbranched non-spiral filament, consisting of cylindrical cells joined end to end.
- n. [lowercase] Any bacterium having this form.
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Only one of the algae, viz., leptothrix, has as yet acquired any importance as a producer of disease.
Microscopical examination of the desquamated intestinal membrane and mucus from a man forty years of age, revealed the following products: crystals, mostly complete; incomplete phosphates, very numerous; mucous shreds in abundance; fat globules and granules, numerous; anal epithelia; red blood globules, few; connective tissue, scanty; pus corpuscles, very few; margaric acid and detritus (substances resulting from the destruction or wearing away of the part); undigested material, mostly cellulose; leptothrix threads, micrococci; and the bacillus coli communis.