Sphaerotilus

noun
Sphae·​rot·​i·​lus | \ sfə̇ˈrätᵊləs\

Definition of Sphaerotilus

: a genus of bacteria (family Chlamydobacteriaceae) having filaments that exhibit false branching and reproducing by both conidia and swarmers

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History and Etymology for Sphaerotilus

New Latin, from sphaer- + Greek tilos fiber, from tillein to pluck

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