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Any of various extremely small bacteria that lack a cell wall and are transmitted by insects to plants, where they cause disease by infecting the phloem.

[New Latin Phytoplasma, proposed genus name for the organisms : phyto- + (myco)plasma.]

phy′to·plas′mic (-mĭk) adj.
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Many necrotic bronchial epithelial cells were adhered to the luminal surface, and many pleomorphic mycoplasma-like organisms were diffusely attached to the mucosal surface of bronchi and bronchioles (Figure 5, panel B).
PCR has already been proved a useful tool in identifying several viruses, viroids, and mycoplasma-like organisms directly from nucleic acid extracts.