- (of an organism or tissue) living in the absence of air or free oxygen.
- pertaining to or caused by the absence of oxygen.
Origin of anaerobic
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Examples from the Web for anaerobic
In the fall of 2010, it bought an anaerobic digestion project then under construction in London, Ontario.
In anaerobic digesters, organic material is mixed on a huge pot with massive quantities of tiny bacteria.
The farm plans to utilize an anaerobic digester to gather waste such as left-over plant roots to generate power.Vertical Indoor Farms Are Growing in the U.S.
May 7, 2013
What had been coiled taut in anaerobic tension in Rage and Yoga has unstacked and stretched out in the sun here.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
In anaerobic respiration, CO2 is given off, but no oxygen absorbed.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
Further, they can be divided into two classes, the aerobic and the anaerobic.Marvels of Scientific Invention
Thomas W. Corbin
It was shown by Eaton and Grantham that anaerobic coagulation is slightly uncertain in action.The Preparation of Plantation Rubber
The butyric acid bacteria are anaerobic, and thus can grow in butter and cheese away from the air.Outlines of dairy bacteriology
H. L. Russell
It is by anaerobic organisms, in fact, that the putrefaction of dead bodies is begun.Louis Pasteur
- (of an organism or process) requiring the absence of or not dependent on the presence of oxygen
- of or relating to anaerobes
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Word Origin and History for anaerobic
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- Relating to or being an anaerobe.
- Living without oxygen.
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- Occurring in the absence of oxygen or not requiring oxygen to live. Anaerobic bacteria produce energy from food molecules without the presence of oxygen. Compare aerobic.
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