chemautotroph

chemoautroph (ˌkiːməʊˈɔːtrəuf, ˌkɛm-)

noun

biology an organism, such as a bacterium, that obtains its energy from inorganic reactions using simple compounds, such as ammonia or hydrogen sulphideAlso called: chemolithotroph

Nearby words

  1. chelyuskin,
  2. chelyuskin, cape,
  3. chem-,
  4. chem.,
  5. chem.e.,
  6. chemexfoliation,
  7. chemi-,
  8. chemic,
  9. chemical,
  10. chemical abuse

Derived Formschemautotrophic (ˌkiːməʊˌɔːtəˈtrɒfɪk, ˌkɛm-), adjective

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