myx·​amoe·​ba | \ ˌmiks+ \

Definition of myxamoeba

: a naked amoeboid uninucleate protoplast that lacks both cilia and flagella, is a characteristic stage in the life cycle of slime molds and some other fungi, arises from a haploid derivative of a swarm spore or by fusion of two haploid zoospores, and typically develops into a plasmodium either by repeated nuclear fission or by fusion of individual myxamoebas

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“Myxamoeba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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