acetogen

noun ace·to·gen \ ə-ˈsē-tə-jən , -ˌjen \

Definition of acetogen

plural acetogens
:any of various anaerobic bacteria that produce acetic acid in the form of acetate from the metabolism of certain sugars (such as xylose or glucose) or from carbon dioxide and hydrogen
  • Kangaroos produce barely any methane as their dominant gut flora are acetogens, not methanogens.
  • —Bijal TrivediNew Scientist20 Dec. 2008
  • Interest in acetic acid synthesis by acetogens has focused on synthesis from biomass-derived sugars …
  • —J. G. Zeikus et al.Science8 Mar. 1985

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Origin and Etymology of acetogen

aceto- +-gen (probably after the earlier adjective acetogenic or the specific epithet of Bacillus acetogenes)


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