from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the forms in which bacteria group themselves; a more or less thick layer of motionless but living bacteria, formed by the bacteria uniting on the surface of the fluid in which they are developed. This production differs from the zoöglœa stage of bacteria by not having the intermediary mucous substance.
- n. A genus of microörganisms of which the acetic ferment (Mycoderma aceti), which converts alcoholic fluids into vinegar, is a representative. Cf. Mother.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus or form-genus under which certain of the fermentation-fungi are known. See fermentation, and mother, 2.
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