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any of the rod-shaped or branched bacteria in the root nodules of nitrogen-fixing plants.
Also, bacteroidal. resembling bacteria.
resembling a bacterium
any rodlike bacterium of the genus Bacteroides, occurring in the gut of humans and animals


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