rhizobium

noun
rhi·​zo·​bi·​um | \rī-ˈzō-bē-əm \
plural rhizobia\ rī-​ˈzō-​bē-​ə \

Definition of rhizobium 

: any of a genus (Rhizobium) of small heterotrophic soil bacteria capable of forming symbiotic nodules on the roots of leguminous plants and of there becoming bacteroids that fix atmospheric nitrogen

Other Words from rhizobium

rhizobial \ rī-​ˈzō-​bē-​əl \ adjective

First Known Use of rhizobium

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhizobium

New Latin, from rhiz- + Greek bios life — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of rhizobium was in 1890

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rhizobium

noun
rhi·​zo·​bi·​um | \rī-ˈzō-bē-əm \

Medical Definition of rhizobium 

1 capitalized : a genus (family Rhizobiaceae) of small heterotrophic soil bacteria capable of forming symbiotic nodules on the roots of leguminous plants where they fix atmospheric nitrogen

2 plural -bia\ -​bē-​ə \ : any bacterium of the genus Rhizobium

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