plural noun

: a family of coccoid to rod-shaped free-living bacteria (order Pseudomonadales) that oxidize sulfur compounds as a source of energy usually with the deposit of free sulfur and may or may not require an organic source of carbon see thiobacillus

Word History


New Latin, from Thiobacterium, genus of sulfur bacteria in some classifications + -aceae

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“Thiobacteriaceae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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