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An organism that oxidizes chemical compounds to obtain energy.
che·mot′ro·phy (kē-mŏt′rə-fē) n.
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che•mo•troph(ˈki məˌtrɒf, -ˌtroʊf, ˌkɛm ə-)
any organism that oxidizes inorganic or organic compounds as its principal energy source.
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