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Definition of "bacillary" [bac•il•la•ry]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bacillary" in a sentence
  • "It was mainly what is called bacillary dysentery, for which Epsom salts is one of the best remedies."
  • "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."
  • "He said the institute was unable to test the present specimen for diseases such as bacillary dysentery and typhoid."