Nitrobacteraceae

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
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Nitrobacteraceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Nitrobacteraceae. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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