ace·​to·​gen·​e·​sis ə-ˌsē-tə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce acetogenesis (audio)
: 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 …Biocycle, February 2003
acetogenic 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 Change, 2010

Word History


aceto- + genesis

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acetogenesis was in 1984

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“Acetogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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