sulfur bacterium


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Related to sulfur bacterium: sulphur bacteria, Green sulfur bacteria, Chlorobium

sulfur bacterium

n.
Any of various bacteria that obtain energy by oxidizing inorganic sulfur compounds.
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The most sensitive photosynthesizing organism known today is a green sulfur bacterium, which lives 80 meters below the surface of the Black Sea, a far cry from the 2,600-meter depths of the midocean ridges.