myxobacterium


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myxobacterium

(mĭk′sō-băk-tîr′ē-əm)
n. pl. myxobac·teria (-tîr′ē-ə)
Any of numerous rod-shaped, aerobic, gram-negative bacteria of the order Myxococcales that move by gliding and have a complex life cycle in which vegetative cells aggregate into fruiting bodies and differentiate into desiccation-resistant spores.
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