Definition of acetobacter in US English:

acetobacter

noun

  • Bacteria that oxidize organic compounds to acetic acid, as in vinegar formation.

    Genus Acetobacter; Gram-negative oval or rod-shaped bacteria

    • ‘However, the major source is the action of a group of bacteria known as acetobacter which require oxygen from the air for their growth and survival, and cause a reaction between the alcohol of the wine and the oxygen to produce acetic acid.’

Origin

Modern Latin (genus name), from aceto- + bacterium.

Pronunciation

acetobacter

/əˌsētəˈbaktər/