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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: yū′mī-sē′tō-zō′ē-ă

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. mykēs (mykēt-), fungus, + zōon, animal]

See Also: Proteomyxidia