acrasin

acrasin

[uh-krey-sin]
noun Mycology.
a chemotactic substance, identical with cAMP, secreted by myxamebas of cellular slime molds and attracting other myxamebas to aggregate and form a pseudoplasmodium.

Origin:
1945–50; < Neo-Latin Acras(iales) an order of cellular slime molds (Acras(is) a genus, so named from the lack of fusion between the cells (< Greek; see a-6, crasis) + -ales -ales) + -in2

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