thiobacillus

noun
thio·​ba·​cil·​lus | \ -bə-ˈsil-əs How to pronounce thiobacillus (audio) \

Medical Definition of thiobacillus

1 capitalized : a genus of small rod-shaped bacteria (family Thiobacteriaceae) that live in water, sewage, and soils, derive energy from oxidation of sulfides, thiosulfates, or elemental sulfur, and obtain carbon from carbon dioxide, bicarbonates, or carbonates in solution
2 plural thiobacilli\ -​ˌī How to pronounce thiobacillus (audio) \ : any bacterium (as some sulfur bacteria) of the genus Thiobacillus

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“Thiobacillus.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/thiobacillus. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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