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bacteroid

or bacterioid

[bak-tuh-roid or bak-teer-ee-oid] /ˈbæk təˌrɔɪd or bækˈtɪər iˌɔɪd/
noun
1.
any of the rod-shaped or branched bacteria in the root nodules of nitrogen-fixing plants.
adjective
2.
Also, bacteroidal, bacterioidal. resembling bacteria.
Origin of bacteroid
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55; bacter- + -oid
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British Dictionary definitions for bacteroid

bacteroid

/ˈbæktəˌrɔɪd/
adjective
1.
resembling a bacterium
noun
2.
any rodlike bacterium of the genus Bacteroides, occurring in the gut of humans and animals
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