capitalized : a genus of halophilic rod or disk-shaped gram-negative aerobic primitive bacteria (family Halobacteriaceae) that live in strongly saline pools in red to orange colonies and that at low oxygen levels synthesize the purple-pigmented protein bacteriorhodopsin
: a bacterium of the genus Halobacterium

Word History


New Latin, from hal- + bacterium

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“Halobacterium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halobacterium. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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