Origin of aerobe

First recorded in 1875–80; aer- + (micr)obe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for aerobe


aerobium (ɛəˈrəʊbɪəm)

noun plural -obes or -obia (-ˈəʊbɪə)
  1. an organism that requires oxygen for respirationCompare anaerobe

Word Origin for aerobe

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


  1. An organism, such as a bacterium, requiring oxygen to live.
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aerobe in Science


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