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microaerophilic Line breaks: micro|aero|phil¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌmʌɪkrəʊˌɛːrəˈfɪlɪk/

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Definition of microaerophilic in English:


(Of a microorganism) requiring little free oxygen, or oxygen at a lower partial pressure than that of atmospheric oxygen.
Example sentences
  • Most organisms are of bowel origin, with Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, bacteroides, enterococci, anaerobic streptococci, and microaerophilic streptococci being most common.
  • The cultures were incubated at 37 deg C in the controlled microaerophilic atmosphere described earlier or three days.
  • After overnight incubation in selective media, recombinants were plated onto MM agar containing 20 g/ml kanamycin and maintained at 25°C in a sealed gas jar under microaerophilic conditions.


Example sentences
  • Hence, they were likely to be strict anaerobes, or possibly microaerophiles, with a capacity to degrade sugars and/or amino acids, forming acetate as one of the end products.
  • Early models assumed that all magnetotactic bacteria are microaerophiles and indigenous in sediments.
  • In addition to being able to respire with oxygen, some microaerophiles may be capable of respiring anaerobically with electron acceptors other than oxygen.
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