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  • adj. Shaped like a rod; long and cylindrical.
  • adj. Specifically, describing a form of bacterium.

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

  • adj. resembling a rod
  • adj. formed like a bacillus


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  • E. coli organisms are bacteria, single-celled bugs basically, rod-shaped and about .00008 inches long.

    E. coli outbreak bug genes look super aggressive

  • It is quite a wild microbial zoo: Some of the microfossils are rod-shaped, some spherical, some sluglike, some almost slithery.

    First Contact

  • Here we see a sheath, and on the inside can see a chain of cells, rod-shaped cells, that make up the trichome of a cyanobacterium.

    First Contact

  • At the San Diego conference, he put up a hard-to-read image of hypermagnified rock with small rod-shaped grains and small filaments.

    First Contact

  • But while he possessed a working knowledge of Bacillus anthracis, Hatfill had never worked in any capacity with the spore-forming, rod-shaped bacterium.

    The Wrong Man

  • They noticed that small, curve, rod-shaped bacteria were always found in the inflamed tissue, and the more inflamed the tissue was, the more bacteria was present.

    Raymond Griffith: How a Stomach Ache Changed the World

  • Koch had heard that a couple of scientists, using the new stains and improved microscopes, had spotted some rod-shaped structures in the blood of animals that had been killed by anthrax.


  • One such antibiotic came from a rod-shaped microbe called Actinomyces.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • On it were rod-shaped bacteria; Warnecke pointed out pimple-like structures on the sides of a few, which he thought might be the space-station-like giant proteins.

    Gut Reactions

  • Scraping his teeth, he discovered rod-shaped creatures living on them, which he could kill with a sip of hot coffee.

    Parasite Rex


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