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1. nitrobacterium  (noun) 
any of the bacteria in the soil that take part in the nitrogen cycle; they oxidize ammonium compounds into nitrites or oxidize nitrites into nitrates



  More Specific:
nitrate bacterium / nitric bacterium - any of the nitrobacteria that oxidize nitrites into nitrates
nitrite bacterium / nitrous bacterium - any of the nitrobacteria that oxidize ammonia into nitrites


  More Generic:
    bacteria     bacterium


 

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