One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a microorganism: resembling a mycoplasma (especially in electron microscopic appearance); specifically designating any of a group of non-culturable organisms seen in the phloem of plants and associated with symptoms such as stunting, yellows, or witches' broom formation. Of a disease: resembling a mycoplasmal disease, especially a mycoplasmal respiratory infection.
1960s; earliest use found in Journal Cell Science. From mycoplasma + -like.
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