Comma bacillus
Comma Com"ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) A small interval (the difference between a major and minor half step), seldom used except by tuners. [1913 Webster]

{Comma bacillus} (Physiol.), a variety of bacillus shaped like a comma, found in the intestines of patients suffering from cholera. It is considered by some as having a special relation to the disease; -- called also {cholera bacillus}.

{Comma butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), an American butterfly ({Grapta comma}), having a white comma-shaped marking on the under side of the wings. [1913 Webster]


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  • comma bacillus — n. the bacillus (Vibrio cholerae, formerly, V. comma) causing Asiatic cholera …   English World dictionary

  • comma bacillus — noun comma shaped bacteria that cause Asiatic cholera • Syn: ↑Vibrio comma • Hypernyms: ↑vibrio, ↑vibrion • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Vibrio * * * noun also …   Useful english dictionary

  • comma bacillus — com·ma bacillus käm ə n cholera vibrio …   Medical dictionary

  • comma bacillus — a curved, rod shaped bacterium, Vibrio cholerae, causing Asiatic cholera. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • comma bacillus — /kɒmə bəˈsɪləs/ (say komuh buh siluhs) noun a slightly curved bacterium, Vibrio cholerae, which causes Asiatic cholera, is contracted by eating or drinking contaminated food, and which causes a violent form of dysentery …   Australian English dictionary

  • Comma — Com ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A small interval (the difference… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comma butterfly — Comma Com ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A small interval (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comma — n. 1 a punctuation mark (,) indicating a pause between parts of a sentence, or dividing items in a list, string of figures, etc. 2 Mus. a definite minute interval or difference of pitch. Phrases and idioms: comma bacillus a comma shaped bacillus… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cholera bacillus — Comma Com ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A small interval (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grapta comma — Comma Com ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A small interval (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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