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or zo·o·gloe·a

noun, plural zo·o·gle·as, zo·o·gle·ae [zoh-uh-glee-ee] /ˌzoʊ əˈgli i/. Bacteriology.
  1. a jellylike mass of microorganisms.
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Origin of zooglea

1875–80; zoo- + New Latin gloea gum < Greek gloía glue
Related formszo·o·gle·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for zoogloea

Historical Examples of zoogloea

  • It is these bacteria which form the zoogloea of the "mother of vinegar," though this film may contain other organisms as well.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2


British Dictionary definitions for zoogloea


  1. a mass of bacteria adhering together by a jelly-like substance derived from their cell walls
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Derived Formszoogloeal, adjective

Word Origin for zoogloea

C19: zoo- + New Latin gloea glue, from Greek gloia
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