[ ahr-kee-bak-teer-ee-uh ]
/ ˌɑr ki bækˈtɪər i ə /
plural noun, singular ar·chae·bac·te·ri·um [ahr-kee-bak-teer-ee-uh m] /ˌɑr ki bækˈtɪər i əm/.
a group of microorganisms, including the methanogens and certain halophiles and thermoacidophiles, that have RNA sequences, coenzymes, and a cell wall composition that are different from all other organisms: considered to be an ancient form of life that evolved separately from the bacteria and blue-green algae and sometimes classified as a kingdom.
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Also ar·chae·o·bac·te·ri·a [ahr-kee-oh-bak-teer-ee-uh] /ˌɑr ki oʊ bækˈtɪər i ə/.
Words nearby archaebacteria
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British Dictionary definitions for archaebacteria
/ (ˌɑːkɪbækˈtɪərɪə) /
(formerly) a group of microorganisms now regarded as members of the ArchaeaSee archaean
Word Origin for archaebacteria
from archaeo- + bacteria
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Scientific definitions for archaebacteria
[ är′kē-băk-tîr′ē-əm ]
A former name for archaeon.
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