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 (chē′mō-lĭth′ō-ô′tə-trŏf′, -trōf′, kĕm′ō-)
A chemosynthetic organism that obtains energy from the oxidation of inorganic compounds and uses carbon dioxide as its sole source of carbon for growth. Also called chemoautotroph, chemolithotroph.

che′mo·lith′o·au′to·troph′ic adj.
che′mo·lith′o·au·tot′ro·phy (-ô-tŏt′rə-fē) n.
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Metagenome of a versatile chemolithoautotroph from expanding oceanic dead zones.
crunogena is an obligate chemolithoautotroph found in deep sea hydrothermal vents in the East Pacific Rise.
Nitrification bacteria are generally considered to be obligate chemolithoautotrophs, which means that nitrification is their only source of energy and they can only acquire C through fixation.