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myxameba

or myx·a·moe·ba

[ mik-suh-mee-buh ]
/ ˌmɪk səˈmi bə /
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noun, plural myx·a·me·bas, myx·a·me·bae [mik-suh-mee-bee]. /ˌmɪk səˈmi bi/.

the amebalike, usually nonflagellated, uninucleate haploid individual of a sporocarp that is released upon spore germination and feeds by engulfing bacteria and yeast: a typical stage in the life cycle of cellular slime molds.

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Origin of myxameba

First recorded in 1885–90; myx- + ameba
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