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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