noun plural

Myxo·​bac·​ter·​a·​les ˌmik-sə-ˌbak-tə-ˈrā-(ˌ)lēz How to pronounce Myxobacterales (audio)
: an order of higher bacteria having long slender nonflagellated vegetative cells that form colonies capable of creeping slowly over a layer of slime secreted by the cells, forming spores usually in distinct fruiting bodies, and living chiefly as saprophytes on substrates rich in carbohydrates

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“Myxobacterales.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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