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myx·o·bac·te·ri·um

 (mĭk′sō-băk-tîr′ē-əm)
n. pl. myx·o·bac·te·ri·a (-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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Noun1.myxobacteria - bacteria that form colonies in self-produced slime; inhabit moist soils or decaying plant matter or animal waste
eubacteria, eubacterium, true bacteria - a large group of bacteria having rigid cell walls; motile types have flagella
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