plural -s
: a modified fat cell occurring in the fat body of certain insects and containing groups of bacterium-shaped rods that are believed to be symbiotic bacteria compare mycetocyte

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary bacteri- + -cyte

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacteriocyte was in 1926

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“Bacteriocyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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