adjective Date: 1899 capable of nitrogen fixation <
nitrogen-fixing bacteria

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  • nitrogen-fixing — adjective contributing to the process of nitrogen fixation • Pertains to noun: ↑nitrogen fixation * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: nitrogen + fixing, from present participle of fix (I) : having the power of nitrogen fixation… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • nitrogen-fixing — /nuy treuh jeuhn fik sing/, adj. involved in or aiding the process of nitrogen fixation. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

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  • nitrogen-fixing bacteria — ▪ biology and ecology       microorganisms capable of transforming atmospheric nitrogen into fixed nitrogen, inorganic compounds usable by plants. More than 90 percent of all nitrogen fixation is effected by them.       Two kinds of nitrogen… …   Universalium

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  • nitrogen fixation — 1. any process of combining atmospheric nitrogen with other elements, either by chemical means or by bacterial action: used chiefly in the preparation of fertilizers, industrial products, etc. 2. this process as performed by certain bacteria… …   Universalium

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