chemotroph


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che·mo·troph

 (kē′mō-trŏf′, -trōf′)
n.
An organism that oxidizes chemical compounds to obtain energy.

che′mo·troph′ic adj.
che·mot′ro·phy (kē-mŏt′rə-fē) n.

che•mo•troph

(ˈki məˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf, ˌkɛm ə-)

n.
any organism that oxidizes inorganic or organic compounds as its principal energy source.
[1970–75]
che`mo•troph′ic, adj.
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Figure 4 captures the essence of the metabolic pathways in an aerobic chemotroph.
Since most of the cells in a multicellular organism would be far removed from the surface where these elements and compounds were readily available (especially in the Precambrian oceans, where this process occurred), this development meant that ultimately, the complex organisms that evolved from this primitive chemotroph cell had to have: 1) a "digestive system" to get water and the nutrients into the body and break the latter down to small enough molecules to move them about.
sup-1]), long, light brown filaments of microaerophilic chemotrophs grew in the tubing downstream of the sulfide injection, presumably generating energy by oxidizing the sulfide.