capitalized : a genus of long flexuous pointed bacteria (order Myxobacterales) showing creeping motility, forming neither fruiting bodies nor microcysts, and being saprophytes of soil and water that vigorously hydrolyze cellulose and aid in the breakdown of plant remains
plural -s : any bacterium of the genus Cytophaga

Word History


New Latin, from cyt- + -phaga

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“Cytophaga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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