aerobe

[ air-ohb ]
/ ˈɛər oʊb /

noun

an organism, especially a bacterium, that requires air or free oxygen for life (opposed to anaerobe).

Nearby words

  1. aeroallergen,
  2. aerobacter,
  3. aeroballistics,
  4. aerobat,
  5. aerobatics,
  6. aerobee,
  7. aerobic,
  8. aerobic dancing,
  9. aerobic respiration,
  10. aerobicize

Origin of aerobe

First recorded in 1875–80; aer- + (micr)obe

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British Dictionary definitions for aerobe

aerobe

aerobium (ɛəˈrəʊbɪəm)

/ (ˈɛərəʊb) /

noun plural -obes or -obia (-ˈəʊbɪə)

an organism that requires oxygen for respirationCompare anaerobe

Word Origin for aerobe

C19: from aero- + Greek bios life. Compare microbe

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Medicine definitions for aerobe

aerobe

[ ârōb′ ]

n.

An organism, such as a bacterium, requiring oxygen to live.

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Science definitions for aerobe

aerobe

[ ârōb′ ]

An organism, such as a bacterium, that can or must live in the presence of oxygen. Compare anaerobe.
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