chitinivorous bacterium

chitinivorous bacterium

[‚kīt·ən′iv·ə·rəs bak′tir·ē·əm]
(microbiology)
Any bacterium which secretes chitinase and can digest chitin; organisms extract chitin from lobster exoskeletons, causing an infection called soft-shell disease.
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