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Meaning of SPIRILLUM

Pronunciation:  `spIu'reelum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any flagellated aerobic bacteria having a spirally twisted rodlike form
  2. [n]  spirally twisted elongate rodlike bacteria usually living in stagnant water

SPIRILLUM is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: spirilla
 See Also: eubacteria, eubacterium, genus Spirillum, ratbite fever bacterium, Spirillum minus, true bacteria



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spi*ril"lum\, n. [NL., dim. of L. spira a coil.]
A genus of common motile micro["o]rganisms ({Spirobacteria})
having the form of spiral-shaped filaments. One species is
said to be the cause of relapsing fever.

Biology Dictionary
  1. A corkscrew-shaped bacterium.
    1. A bacterium with a spiral shape which is relatively rigid (i.e. not flexible, compare with spirochaete).
    2. The bacterium in the genus Spirillum.