Slime layer

Definition

noun

An irregular, diffuse, unorganized form of glycocalyx in bacterial cells, comprised mostly of exopolysaccharides, glycoproteins, and glycolipids, and renders protection from dessication, loss of nutrients, and chemical insult (e.g. antimicrobial action)


Supplement

Bacterial cells with slime layer have the capacity to survive sterilization by means of chlorine, iodine, and so on, but not decontamination by autoclaving or by flushing with boiling water.


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