Ni·​tro·​so·​coc·​cus nī-ˌtrō-sō-ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce Nitrosococcus (audio)
: a genus of large, spherical to ellipsoidal, nitrifying bacteria (family Chromatiaceae) that live in saline environments (such as oceans and salt lakes) and obtain energy for growth by oxidizing ammonia to nitrites

Word History


New Latin, from nitrosus nitrous + -o- + -coccus

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“Nitrosococcus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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