slime mold


Definition of slime mold

: any of a group (such as Myxomycetes) of organisms formerly held to be lower fungi but now often considered protists that exist vegetatively in usually moist habitats as mobile plasmodia and reproduce by spores

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Recent Examples on the Web Kees Weijer of the University of Dundee in Scotland, who studies the migration of cells in chick embryos and slime mold, has been waiting for a light sheet microscope since the EMBL group first publicized its advances. Veronique Greenwood, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2010 Despite lacking a brain or nervous system, slime mold can navigate a maze or recall the location of food. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2021 The find sparked Webb to document more of the ephemeral slime mold growths. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 6 Jan. 2022 Likewise, slime mold tubes that find food grow and dead ends wither away. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2021 The study’s main finding emerged from simply watching a bright yellow slime mold named Physarum polycephalum do its thing under a microscope. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2021 Hundreds of thousands of French kids will follow the slime mold’s growth and compare it to organisms Dussutour has sent to their classrooms. Max G. Levy, Wired, 9 Aug. 2021 The spores are then dispersed to create new dog slime mold patches. Tim Johnson,, 25 July 2021 The dog vomit slime mold will not harm your plants, pets or family, so there is no need to try to control it. Tim Johnson,, 25 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of slime mold

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Slime mold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of slime mold

: any organism of the group Myxomycetes

called also myxomycete

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