[ an-uh-rohb, an-air-ohb ]
/ ˈæn əˌroʊb, ænˈɛər oʊb /


an organism, especially a bacterium, that does not require air or free oxygen to live (opposed to aerobe).

Origin of anaerobe

First recorded in 1875–80; an-1 + aerobe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anaerobe


anaerobium (ˌænɛəˈrəʊbɪəm)

/ (æˈnɛərəʊb, ˈænərəʊb) /

noun plural -obes or -obia (-ˈəʊbɪə)

an organism that does not require oxygen for respirationCompare aerobe
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Medicine definitions for anaerobe


[ ănə-rōb′, ăn-ârōb′ ]


An organism that can live in the absence of atmospheric oxygen.
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Science definitions for anaerobe


[ ănə-rōb′ ]

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