Meaning of zoogloea in English:


(also zooglea)

Pronunciation /zuː(ə)ˈɡliːə/ /zəʊəˈɡliːə/


  • 1In form Zoogloea: a genus of Gram-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped bacteria (family Pseudomonadaceae), typically occurring in masses or films surrounded by gelatinoid material, and often found in water containing sewage or other organic matter; (also zoogloea) a bacterium of this genus.

    Valid publication of the genus name: H. Itzigsohn 1868, in Sitzungs-Berichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin (19 Nov. 1867) 30/2.

  • 2A mass or film of bacteria (sometimes with other microorganisms) surrounded by gelatinoid material.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Andrew Pritchard (1804–1882), microscopist. From scientific Latin Zoogloea, genus name from zoo- + ancient Greek γλοιός glutinous substance.