Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various highly motile, aerobic bacteria of the genus Zoogloea found especially in wastewater, where the cells aggregate into flocculent, gelatinous masses.
  • noun A mass of such bacteria or other bacteria.

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  • noun biology A colony or mass of bacteria embedded in a viscous gelatinous substance, characteristic of a transitory stage through which rapidly multiplying bacteria pass in the course of their evolution.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[zoo– + New Latin gloea, gum (from Medieval Greek gloia, glia, gum, glue, from Greek gloios).]

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  • I recall from visits made to water-treatment plants in my student days that the passage of water through a filter leads to the build-up of a zoogloea – a translucent jelly-like layer of organic matter.

    New Scientist, 28 June 2008

    July 16, 2008