acid-fast bacillus

a class of rod-shaped bacteria which, after being stained, retain the stain when treated with an acidic solution

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  • acid-fast — adjective not easily decolorized by acid solutions; pertains to micro organisms (especially the tubercle bacillus that causes tuberculosis) • Similar to: ↑impervious, ↑imperviable * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective : not easily decolorized by acids… …   Useful english dictionary

  • -fast — 1. an adjective suffix meaning lasting , not fading , as in colourfast. 2. a suffix forming adjectives, usually hyphenated, that indicate that an organism, as a bacillus, is resistant to the stain removing or toxic action of a specified agent, as …   Australian English dictionary

  • smegma bacillus — n an acid fast bacterium of the genus Mycobacterium (M. smegmatis) found in smegma * * * Mycobacterium smegmatis …   Medical dictionary

  • smegma bacillus — noun : an acid fast bacterium (Mycobacterium smegmatis) found in smegma …   Useful english dictionary

  • AFB — • acid fast bacillus; • aflatoxin B; • aflatoxin biomarker; • air fluidized bed; • aortofemoral bypass …   Dictionary of medical acronyms & abbreviations

  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis — M. tuberculosis bacterial colonies Scientific classification Kingdom: Bacteria …   Wikipedia

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  • AFB — 1. Abbreviation for acid fast bacillus. See acid fast. 2. Abbreviation for aortofemoral bypass (vascular prosthetic surgery), the surgical procedure or its result. * * * acid fast bacillus; aflatoxin B; aflatoxin biomarker; air fluidized bed;… …   Medical dictionary

  • Leprosy — A chronic granulomatous infection caused by a bacillus (bacterium) that affects various areas of the body, particularly the skin and nerves. (Granulomas are inflammatory nodules that are usually small, granular, firm, and persistent.) The… …   Medical dictionary

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