acetogenesis

noun ace·to·gen·e·sis \ ə-ˌsē-tə-ˈje-nə-səs \

Definition of acetogenesis

biochemistry
:the production of acetic acid in the form of acetate especially through the action of acetogens
  • During acetogenesis, the interim products are converted into acetic acid, which is followed by methanogenesis …
  • BiocycleFebruary 2003

acetogenic

play \ə-ˌsē-tə-ˈje-nik\ adjective
    • There is a group of acetogenic bacteria that is able to reduce CO2 with hydrogen to acetate.
    • —Alfons J. M. Stams and Caroline M. Plugge, in Methane and Climate Change2010

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