One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of myxobacteria having slender, tapering vegetative cells and spherical or oval encapsulated resting cells (microcysts) that are not enclosed in a sporangium; (also myxococcus) a myxobacterium of this genus.
Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Myxococcus from myxo- + coccus.
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