chemoautotrophic

adjective
che·​mo·​au·​to·​tro·​phic | \ ˌkē-mō-ˌȯ-tə-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce chemoautotrophic (audio) also ˌke- \

Definition of chemoautotrophic

: being autotrophic and oxidizing an inorganic compound as a source of energy chemoautotrophic bacteria

Other Words from chemoautotrophic

chemoautotrophy \ ˌkē-​mō-​ȯ-​ˈtä-​trə-​fē How to pronounce chemoautotrophic (audio) also  ˌke-​ \ noun

First Known Use of chemoautotrophic

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chemoautotrophic

chemo- + autotrophic

Note: The word is presumably based on German Chemoautotrophie, whence chemoautotrophy, attested later than chemoautotrophic. The German noun was apparently introduced by the biochemist Hans Pringsheim (1876-1940) in "Neues über Purpurbakterien," Naturwissenschaften, Band 20 (1932), p. 479.

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“Chemoautotrophic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chemoautotrophic. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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chemoautotrophic

adjective
che·​mo·​au·​to·​tro·​phic | \ -ˌȯt-ə-ˈtrō-fik How to pronounce chemoautotrophic (audio) \

Medical Definition of chemoautotrophic

: being autotrophic and oxidizing some inorganic compound as a source of energy chemoautotrophic bacteria

Other Words from chemoautotrophic

chemoautotrophy \ -​ȯ-​ˈtä-​trə-​fē How to pronounce chemoautotrophic (audio) \ noun, plural chemoautotrophies

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