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Pronunciation: yu'mi-se'to-zo'e-a

Definition: Microscopic animal forms, frequently known as slime animals, that consist of an irregular semifluid mass of multinucleated ameboid protoplasm; although grouped as a class of the superclass Rhizopoda (subphylum Sarcodina), some of the mycetozoan forms closely resemble certain species of pseudomycetes and are sometimes classified as members of the Myxomycetes, the slime molds.

[eu- + G. mykes (myket-), fungus, + zoon, animal]

See Also: Proteomyxidia

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