One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any member of the order Myxococcales (also called Myxobacterales), comprising rod-shaped, motile, slime-secreting bacteria that are capable of forming fruiting bodies containing resting cells, and which are mainly soil-inhabiting saprophytes and predators of other microorganisms.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Botanical Gazette. From myxo- + bacterium, after scientific Latin Myxobacteriaceae, family name. Compare German Myxobakterie.
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