bacillo-, bacill-, bacilli-
(Latin: rod, staff, stick; a rod-shaped bacterium)
2. Unexpected, disastrous collapses or downfalls: When the stock market crashed in 1928, financiers viewed it as a debacle that was totally unexpected.
3. A complete lack of success: After the debacle of the author's first novel, he had difficulty getting another publisher to consider printing his next fictional story.
4. Etymology: originally, "breaking up of ice in a river, a disaster" from French debacle, "breaking up of ice, disaster", from debacler, "to free"; from Middle French débâcler, "to unbar" (de-, "off, un-", from Latin dis- + bacler, "to bar"; from Old Provencal baclar from Vulgar Latin bacculare; from bacculum, "bar, staff"; a variant of Latin baculum, "stick".
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Lactobacillus can also live in fermenting products; such as, yogurt. Humans appear to have a symbiotic relationship with this bacteria.
Lactobacillus has been with us so long that some types have become an important part of food digestion, although Lactobacillus can also contribute to cavities in the teeth if allowed to remain within the mouth too long.
2. A rod-shaped bacteria that derives energy from the oxidation of one or more reduced sulfur compounds.
Its organisms are widely distributed in marine, freshwater, and soil environments, especially where oxidizable sulfur is abundant.