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nitrifying bacterianoun [plural]

 us   /ˈnaɪ·trəˌfaɪ·ɪŋ bækˈtɪr·i·ə/ specialized
bacteria in the ​ground that ​change the nitrogen in ​deadplants into a ​form that ​growingplants can use for ​food
(Definition of nitrifying bacteria from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nitrifying bacterianoun [pl]

 us   /ˈnɑɪ·trəˌfɑɪ·ɪŋ bækˈtɪər·i·ə/
bacteria in the ​dirt on the ​surface of the ​earth that ​change the ​nitrogen (= ​gas) in ​deadplants into a ​form that ​growingplants can use for ​food
(Definition of nitrifying bacteria from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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