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n. pl. hal·o·bac·te·ri·a (-tîr′ē-ə)
Any of various rod-shaped, halophilic, pigmented archaea of the genus Halobacterium, some of which produce bacteriorhodopsin to facilitate ATP synthesis during periods of oxygen deficiency.
[New Latin Halobactērium, genus name : halo- + bacterium (from the fact that archaea such as halobacteria were formerly classified as bacteria).]
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hal•o•bac•te•ri•a(ˌhæl oʊ bækˈtɪər i ə)
n.pl., sing. -te•ri•um (-ˈtɪər i əm)
rod-shaped archaebacteria, as of the genera Halobacterium and Halococcus, occurring in saline environments, as the Dead Sea, and using bacteriorhodopsin rather than chlorophyll for photosynthesis. Also called hal•o•bac•ters (ˈhæl oʊˌbæk tərz)
[1975–80; < New Latin]
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