Cellfalcicula

noun

Cell·​fal·​cic·​u·​la
¦selˌfalˈsikyələ
: a genus of motile gram-negative monotrichous soil bacteria (family Spirillaceae) that oxidize cellulose to oxycellulose and thus cause disintegration of vegetable fiber, appearing as short rods with pointed ends and containing metachromatic granules compare cellvibrio

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from cell- + Late Latin falcicula small sickle, diminutive of Latin falc-, falx sickle

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“Cellfalcicula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cellfalcicula. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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