microaerophile

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mi·cro·aer·o·phil

, microaerophile (mī'krō-ār'ō-fil, -fīl),
1. An aerobic bacterium that requires oxygen, but less than is present in the air, and grows best under modified atmospheric conditions.
2. Relating to such an organism. Synonym(s): microaerophilic, microaerophilous
[micro- + G. aēr, air, + philos, fond]
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microaerophile

An anaerobic bacterium which requires O2 only as a terminal electron acceptor. Microaerophiles grow poorly at ambient (21% O2) levels and therefore do not grow on the surface of culture plates; they also grow poorly in anaerobic conditions.

Example
Campylobacter jejuni grows optimally at 5% O2 (10% CO2 and 85% N2).
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mi·cro·aer·o·phil

, microaerophile (mī-krō-ār'ō-fil, -fīl)
1. An aerobic bacterium that requires oxygen, but less than is present in the air, and grows best under modified atmospheric conditions.
2. Relating to such an organism.
Synonym(s): microaerophilic.
[micro- + G. aēr, air, + philos, fond]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

microaerophile

any organism requiring little oxygen for growth.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005