ma.cro.cy.to.ge.nes. Gr. masc. adj.makros, length, large; Gr. neut. n.kytos, hollow, vessel, jar and, in biology, a cell; Gr. suff.-genes, producing; from Gr. ind. v.gennaô, to produce; N.L. part. adj.macrocytogenes, large cell producing
homotypic synonym, validly published under the ICNP
Azotobactermacrocytogenes is the correct name if this species is regarded as a separate species (i.e., if its nomenclatural type is not assigned to another species whose name is validly published, legitimate and not rejected and has priority) within a separate genus Azotobacter.