chemoautotroph


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chemoautotroph

[‚kē·mō‚ȯd·ə′träf·ik]
(microbiology)
Any of a number of autotrophic bacteria and protozoans which do not carry out photosynthesis.
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They've dated some of the natural whale falls to 70 to 80 years old, but these still bristle with chemoautotrophs.