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
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Science definitions for chemosynthetic bacteria

chemosynthetic bacteria

[ kē′mō-sĭn-thĕtĭk ]

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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