a colony of bacteria forming a jellylike mass as the result of the swelling of the cell walls through the absorption of water
Origin of zoogloeaModern Latin ; from zoo- + Classical Greek gloios, glutinous substance, gum ; from Indo-European base an unverified form glei- from source clay
nounpl. zo·o·gloe·ae or zo·o·gloe·as also zo·o·gle·ae or zo·o·gle·as
- Any of various highly motile, aerobic bacteria of the genus Zoogloea found especially in wastewater, where the cells aggregate into flocculent, gelatinous masses.
- A mass of such bacteria or other bacteria.
Origin of zoogloeazoo– + New Latin gloea, gum (from Medieval Greek gloia, glia, gum, glue, from Greek gloios).
zoo- +"Ž gloea, from Ancient Greek Î³Î»Î¿Î¯Î± (gloia), Î³Î»Î¯Î± (glia, “glue")