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A taxon comprising all or most of the plasmodial slime moulds. Now more usually called Myxomycetes.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Annals of Natural History. From scientific Latin Myxogastres, proposed as suborder name from myxo- + -gastres (taken as plural corresponding to -gaster), the group originally being classified as gasteromycetes.
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