[me-than-uh-juh n, -jen]
- any of a diverse group of widely distributed archaebacteria that occur in anaerobic environments, as the intestinal tracts of animals, freshwater and marine sediments, and sewage, and are capable of producing methane from a limited number of substrates, including carbon dioxide and hydrogen, acetate, and methylamines: an important source of natural gas.
Origin of methanogen
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- Any of various anaerobic methane-producing bacteria belonging to the family Methanobacteriaceae.
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