Cell·​fal·​cic·​u·​la | \ ¦selˌfalˈsikyələ \

Definition of Cellfalcicula

: 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

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History and Etymology for Cellfalcicula

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

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“Cellfalcicula.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cellfalcicula. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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