Myxomycetous
Myxomycetes Myx`o*my*ce"tes, n. pl. [NL.; Gr. ? mucus, slime + myceles.] (Bot.) A class of peculiar organisms, the slime molds, formerly regarded as animals (Mycetozoa), but now generally thought to be plants and often separated as a distinct phylum (Myxophyta); essentially equivalent to the division Myxomycota. They are found on damp earth and decaying vegetable matter, and consist of naked masses of protoplasm, often of considerable size, which creep very slowly over the surface and ingest solid food. -- {Myx`o*my*ce"tous}, a.

Syn: true slime molds, acellular slime molds, plasmodial slime molds. [Webster 1913 Suppl. + WordNet 1.5]


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  • myxomycetous — /mik soh muy see teuhs/, adj. of or pertaining to a slime mold. [1880 85; MYXOMYCET(ES) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • myxomycetous — myx·o·my·ce·tous …   English syllables

  • myxomycetous — /ˌmɪksoʊmaɪˈsitəs/ (say .miksohmuy seetuhs) adjective belonging or relating to the Myxomycetes, or slime moulds (sometimes regarded as a distinct phylum, Myxophyta, and sometimes as a class of Thallophyta), having characteristics of both animals… …   Australian English dictionary

  • myxomycetous — adjective see myxomycetes * * * /mik soh muy see teuhs/, adj. of or pertaining to a slime mold. [1880 85; MYXOMYCET(ES) + OUS] …   Useful english dictionary

  • mycetozoan — [mī sēt΄ə zō′ən] n. 〚 MYCETO + ZO(A) + AN〛 MYXOMYCETE: term used when classified as a protozoan (class Eumycetozoa) adj …   Universalium

  • mycetozoan — [mī sēt΄ə zō′ən] n. [ MYCETO + ZO(A) + AN] MYXOMYCETE: term used when classified as a protozoan (class Eumycetozoa) adj. MYXOMYCETOUS …   English World dictionary

  • myxomycete — [mik΄sō mī′sēt, mik΄sōmī sēt′] n. [ MYXO + MYCETE] any of various primitive organisms, usually classified as a thallophyte (division Myxomycota) but also as a mycetozoan, that are found on decaying vegetation, having a vegetative stage in which… …   English World dictionary

  • myx|o|phyte — «MIHK suh fyt», noun. a myxomycetous organism. ╂[< Greek mýxa mucus + phytón plant] …   Useful english dictionary

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