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chemosynthetic bacteria

plural noun
bacteria that synthesize organic compounds, using energy derived from the oxidation of organic or inorganic materials without the aid of light.
Origin of chemosynthetic bacteria
1955-60; chemo- + synthetic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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chemosynthetic bacteria
Bacteria that make food by chemosynthesis. Nitrifying bacteria are a type of chemosynthetic bacteria, as are the bacteria that live around vents in the bottom of the ocean.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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