acellular slime moulds
Protozoa of the Order Eumycetozoida (also termed true slime moulds). Have a multinucleate plasmodial phase in the life cycle.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • slime moulds — Two distinct groups of fungi, the cellular slime moulds or Acrasidae that include Dictyostelium, and the acellular slime moulds or Myxomycetes that include Physarum …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • acellular — Not made of cells; commonest use is in reference to slime moulds such as Physarum that are multinucleate syncytia …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • Physarum — A member of the Myxomycetes or acellular slime moulds. Normally exists as a multinucleate plasmodium that may be many centimetres across, but if starved and stimulated by light will produce spores that later germinate to produce amoeboid cells,… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • plasmodium — Multinucleate mass of protoplasm bounded only by a plasma membrane; the main vegetative form of acellular slime moulds (eg. Physarum) …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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