swarming

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swarm·ing

(swōrm'ing),
A progressive spreading by motile bacteria over the surface of a solid medium.
[A.S. swearm]

swarming

(sworm′ĭng)
The spread of bacteria over a culture medium.

swarming

1. a phenomenon observed in cultures of Proteus spp. on solid media in which there is progressive surface spreading from the parent colony.
2. the periodic bee migration of the old queen and accompanying workers and drones from a full original hive which is left to be fought over by the new young queens.