myxobacteria

[mik-soh-bak-teer-ee-uh]
plural noun, singular myxobacterium [mik-soh-bak-teer-ee-uhm] . Bacteriology.

Origin:
1930–35; myxo- + bacteria, based on the genus name Myxobacter; see -bacter

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myxobacteria

noun
bacteria that form colonies in self-produced slime; inhabit moist soils or decaying plant matter or animal waste 
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Impact of myxobacteria on the ecology of bacterial plant pathogens.
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