cytophaga

noun cy·toph·a·ga \sīˈtäfəgə\

Definition of cytophaga

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 plural -s :  any bacterium of the genus Cytophaga

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Origin and Etymology of cytophaga

New Latin, from cyt- + -phaga


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