acetobacter

noun

ace·​to·​bac·​ter ə-ˈsēt-ō-ˌbak-tər How to pronounce acetobacter (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of aerobic ellipsoidal to rod-shaped bacteria (family Pseudomonadaceae) that grow in the presence of alcohol, secure energy by oxidizing organic compounds to organic acids (as alcohol to acetic acid), and are important especially in the production of vinegar
2
: a bacterium of the genus Acetobacter

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“Acetobacter.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/acetobacter. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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