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methanogen

[ me-than-uh-juhn, -jen ]
/ mɛˈθæn ə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn /
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noun Microbiology.
any of a diverse group of widely distributed archaea 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.
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Origin of methanogen

First recorded in 1975–80; methan(e) + -o- + -gen

OTHER WORDS FROM methanogen

meth·an·o·gen·ic [me-than-uh-jen ik], /mɛˌθæn əˈdʒɛn ɪk/, adjective
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Medical definitions for methanogen

methanogen
[ mĕ-thănə-jən, -jĕn′ ]

n.
Any of various anaerobic methane-producing bacteria belonging to the family Methanobacteriaceae.
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