bacteroid

[bak-tuh-roid]
noun
1.
any of the rod-shaped or branched bacteria in the root nodules of nitrogen-fixing plants.
adjective
2.
Also, bacteroidal. resembling bacteria.
Also, bacterioid.


Origin:
1850–55; bacter- + -oid

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bacteroid (ˈbæktəˌrɔɪd)
 
adj
1.  resembling a bacterium
 
n
2.  any rodlike bacterium of the genus Bacteroides, occurring in the gut of humans and animals

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The bacteroid receives nitrogen from the bacteria that has been fixed from the free nitrogen in the air.
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