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anaerobic respiration


in biology, a form of incomplete intracellular breakdown of sugar or other organic compounds in the absence of oxygen that releases energy; cellular respiration in the absence of oxygen


Anaerobic respiration occurs in some yeasts and bacteria and in muscle when exercise is strenuous and there is not enough oxygen.

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anaerobic respiration n.
Respiration in which molecular oxygen is not consumed.

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