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[ mik-soh-mahy-seet, -mahy-seet ]
/ ˌmɪk soʊˈmaɪ sit, -maɪˈsit /


an organism of the phylum Myxomycota (or, in some classifications, the class Myxomycetes), comprising the slime molds.

Nearby words

myxoid cyst, myxolipoma, myxoma, myxomatosis, myxomembranous colitis, myxomycete, myxomycetous, myxopapillary ependymoma, myxopapilloma, myxopoiesis, myxorrhea

Origin of myxomycete

1875–80; < New Latin Myxomycetes; see myxo-, -mycete Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for myxomycete

  • No myxomycete has hyph, nor indeed anything at all of the kind.

    The North American Slime-Moulds|Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • This peculiar species looks at first very little like a myxomycete.

    The North American Slime-Moulds|Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • He does not regard them as genuine asci, but as corresponding more to the peridium of the Gasteromycete and Myxomycete.

British Dictionary definitions for myxomycete


/ (ˌmɪksəʊmaɪˈsiːt) /


a slime mould, esp a slime mould of the phylum Myxomycota (division Myxomycetes in traditional classifications)
Derived Formsmyxomycetous, adjective
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Science definitions for myxomycete


[ mĭk′sō-mīsēt ]

A plasmodial slime mold. See under slime mold.
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