from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A class or group of minute vegetable organisms known as bacteria, microbes, microphytes, etc., and allied forms, belonging to the achlorophyllous division of the Schizosporeæ of Cohn (the Schizophyta of later authorities), or to the Protophyta of still more recent authors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun plural (Biol.) An order of Schizophyta, including the so-called fission fungi, or bacteria. See
schizophyta, in the Supplement.
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- noun a former classification
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The most satisfactory designation is that proposed by Nägeli in 1857, namely "schizomycetes," and it is by this term that they are usually known among botanists; the less exact term, however, is also used and is retained in this article since the science is commonly known as "bacteriology."
On the other hand, no really scientific classification of the schizomycetes has yet been drawn up, and the varying morphological appearances of the members of the family are still utilised as a basis for classification, as under --
The schizomycetes or bacteria are minute vegetable organisms devoid of chlorophyll and multiplying by repeated bipartitions.