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myxomycete Line breaks: myxo|my¦cete
Pronunciation: /ˌmɪksə(ʊ)ˈmʌɪsiːt/

Definition of myxomycete in English:


A slime mould, especially an acellular one whose vegetative stage is a multinucleate plasmodium.
  • Division Myxomycota, kingdom Fungi, in particular the class Myxomycetes; also treated as protozoan (phylum Gymnomyxa, kingdom Protista)
Example sentences
  • Fortunately, mycologists quickly dismissed any Extraterrestrial Biological Entity hypothesis and identified the blobs as part of a slime mold or myxomycete.
  • These observations corroborate results of the cognate introns in the myxomycetes Didymium and Physarum, where no in vitro splicing products were detected.
  • A survey of myxomycetes was conducted at three sites within Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Wilson County, Tennessee from May 1 to September 30, 1993.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Myxomycetes, from myxo- 'slime' + Greek mukētes 'fungi'.

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