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.

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Origin of chemosynthetic bacteria

First recorded in 1955–60; chemo- + synthetic
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Scientific 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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