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chemosynthetic bacteria

plural noun
bacteria that synthesize organic compounds, using energy derived from the oxidation of organic or inorganic materials without the aid of light.
Origin of chemosynthetic bacteria
First recorded in 1955-60; chemo- + synthetic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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chemosynthetic bacteria
Bacteria that make food by chemosynthesis. Nitrifying bacteria are a type of chemosynthetic bacteria, as are the bacteria that live around vents in the bottom of the ocean.
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