azotobacter

noun
azo·​to·​bac·​ter | \ ā-ˈzō-tə-ˌbak-tər How to pronounce azotobacter (audio) \

Definition of azotobacter

: any of a genus (Azotobacter) of large rod-shaped or spherical bacteria occurring in soil and sewage and fixing atmospheric nitrogen

Examples of azotobacter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One highly beneficial strain of bacteria, azotobacter, can aid in nitrogen fixation — pulling nitrogen from the air and converting it to ammonia and other beneficial compounds for the soil. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of azotobacter

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for azotobacter

New Latin, genus name, from International Scientific Vocabulary azote + New Latin bacterium

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“Azotobacter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azotobacter. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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azotobacter

noun
azo·​to·​bac·​ter | \ ā-ˈzōt-ə-ˌbak-tər How to pronounce azotobacter (audio) \

Medical Definition of azotobacter

1 capitalized : a genus of large rod-shaped or spherical bacteria occurring in soil and sewage and fixing atmospheric nitrogen
2 : any bacterium of the genus Azotobacter

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