plural noun
Ni·​tro·​bac·​te·​ra·​ce·​ae | \ ¦nī-(ˌ)trō-(ˌ)bak-tə-¦rā-sē-ˌē How to pronounce Nitrobacteraceae (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Nitrobacteriaceae \ ¦nī-​(ˌ)trō-​(ˌ)bak-​ˌtir-​ē-​¦ā-​sē-​ˌē How to pronounce Nitrobacteraceae (audio) \

Definition of Nitrobacteraceae

in some classifications
: a family of bacteria capable of using carbon dioxide as a source of carbon and obtaining energy by oxidation of ammonia or nitrites — see nitrifying bacterium

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History and Etymology for Nitrobacteraceae

New Latin, irregular from Nitrobacter, type genus + -aceae

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“Nitrobacteraceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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