Ni·​tro·​bac·​ter ˈnī-(ˌ)trō-ˌbak-tər How to pronounce Nitrobacter (audio)
: 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
nitrobacter plural nitrobacters : any bacterium of the genus Nitrobacter

Word History


New Latin, from nitr- + -bacter

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“Nitrobacter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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