Acrasis

noun
Acra·​sis | \ ə-ˈkrā-səs How to pronounce Acrasis (audio) \

Definition of Acrasis

: a genus of cellular slime molds (the type of the family Acrasiaceae) of the order Acrasiales having amoeboid cells produced from spores and aggregated without fusion into a pseudoplasmodium and having a fruiting body, often with a sterile stalklike portion, formed by rounding up and contraction of the pseudoplasmodium

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First Known Use of Acrasis

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acrasis

borrowed from New Latin, from a- a- entry 2 + Greek krásis “mixing, combination” (alluding to the lack of cellular fusion when forming fruiting bodies)

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“Acrasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Acrasis. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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