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Meaning of Bacillus thuringiensis*

Bacil'lus thu•rin•gi•en'sis

Pronunciation: (thoo-rin"jē-en'sis), [key]
  1. a bacterium used in genetically altered form in the biological control of budworms, gypsy moth larvae, Japanese beetles, and other insect pests. Abbr.: B.t.
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