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Could Life Survive? - Glossary

Bacteria
the plural form of bacterium; bacterium are single-celled microorganisms that live in soil, water, organic matter, or on the bodies of plants and animals

Dormant
inactive

Extremophiles
organisms, usually single-celled, which can live in environments that would be considered extreme or hostile for most living organisms

Habitable; habitability
suitable for life

Inhibit
to stop or slow

pH
scale that ranges from 0 to 14 and is a tool used by scientists to measure the strength of an acid or base; 7 represents a neutral; lower numbers indicate increasing acidity and higher numbers indicate stronger bases

Spores
simple, usually single-celled reproductive bodies produced by plants and some microorganisms; often dormant during extreme temperatures and conditions


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