noun amoe·bo·bac·ter \əˈmēbōˌbaktə(r)\

Definition of amoebobacter

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of purple sulfur bacteria (family Thiorhodaceae) having spherical or elongated cells that are aggregated in amoeboid colonies without an enclosing capsule and that occur in mud and stagnant water

  2. 2 plural -s :  any organism of the genus Amoebobacter

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Origin and Etymology of amoebobacter

New Latin, from Amoeba + -o- + -bacter

First Known Use: 1898

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