Ni·​tro·​bac·​ter | \ ˈnī-(ˌ)trō-ˌbak-tər \

Definition of Nitrobacter

1 : a genus of rod- or pear-shaped nitrifying bacteria (family Bradyrhizobiaceae) occurring in soil, securing energy for growth by oxidizing nitrites to nitrates, and growing poorly on organic media
2 nitrobacter plural nitrobacters : any bacterium of the genus Nitrobacter

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New Latin, from nitr- + -bacter

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