1. The act of combining (i.e., by joining, uniting, or otherwise bringing into close association) separate entities. 2. The state of being so combined.
binary c. the name of a species of bacteria consisting of two parts: a generic name and a specific epithet.
new c. the new name that results from the transfer of a microorganism from one genus to another; the generic name changes but, in most cases, the specific epithet remains the same.
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