[ thahy-oh-buh-sil-uh s ]
/ ˌθaɪ oʊ bəˈsɪl əs /

noun, plural thi·o·ba·cil·li [thahy-oh-buh-sil-ahy] /ˌθaɪ oʊ bəˈsɪl aɪ/. Bacteriology.

any of several rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Thiobacillus, inhabiting soil, sewage, etc., that derive energy from oxidation of sulfur or sulfur compounds.

Nearby words

  1. thioacetic acid,
  2. thioacid,
  3. thioalcohol,
  4. thioaldehyde,
  5. thioallyl ether,
  6. thiobarbiturate,
  7. thiocarbamide,
  8. thiocarbanilide,
  9. thioctic acid,
  10. thiocyanate

Origin of thiobacillus

New Latin word dating back to 1975–80; see origin at thio-, bacillus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019