leptothrix

noun
lep·​to·​thrix | \ ˈlep-tə-ˌthriks How to pronounce leptothrix (audio) \

Medical Definition of leptothrix

1 capitalized : a genus of sheathed filamentous bacteria of uncertain taxonomic affiliation that often have the sheath encrusted with oxides of iron or manganese — see leptotrichia
2 plural leptotrichia\ ˌlep-​tə-​ˈtrik-​ē-​ə How to pronounce leptotrichia (audio) \ also leptotriches\ lep-​ˈtä-​trə-​ˌkēz How to pronounce leptotriches (audio) \ : any bacterium of the genus Leptothrix

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“Leptothrix.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/leptothrix. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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