methanogenic

adjective
me·​than·​o·​gen·​ic | \ mə-ˌtha-nə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce methanogenic (audio) \

Definition of methanogenic

: producing methane as a by-product of energy metabolism : of, relating to, or being a methanogen Most atmospheric methane appears to be microbially generated, originating from methane producing (methanogenic) archaea that live in anaerobic pockets around the globe.— Edward F. DeLong also : of, relating to, or involved in methanogenesis Methanogenic pathways determine both the carbon and hydrogen isotopic signatures of the emitted CH4, which in turn can be used to better constrain the global methane budget.— Michael Bock et al. methanogenic enzymes

First Known Use of methanogenic

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for methanogenic

methane + -o- + -genic

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“Methanogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/methanogenic. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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methanogenic

adjective
me·​than·​o·​gen·​ic | \ -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce methanogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of methanogenic

: of or relating to the methanogens or methanogenesis

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