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ROD. A measure sixteen feet and a half long; a perch.

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A special type of mucous cell, rodlet cells show similar ultrastructure in several teleost species and their developmental stages are identified based on capsule thickness and chromatin differences (Procopio et al., 2011).
Normally, the spores are coated with a thatching of small fibers called the "rodlet layer." In experiments with mice, the researchers found that the fibers alone do not excite the immune system.
In 1896, the genus name Mycobacterium, from the Middle Latin noun meaning fungus rodlet, was proposed to include these new pathogens, M.