thiobacillus

thiobacillus

[thahy-oh-buh-sil-uhs]
noun, plural thiobacilli [thahy-oh-buh-sil-ahy] . Bacteriology.
any of several rod-shaped bacteria of the genus Thiobacillus, inhabiting soil, sewage, etc., that derive energy from oxidation of sulfur or sulfur compounds.

Origin:
1975–80; Neo-Latin; see thio-, bacillus

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