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anaerobic

[ an-uh-roh-bik, an-ai- ]
/ ˌæn əˈroʊ bɪk, ˌæn ɛə- /
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Definition of anaerobic

adjective
(of an organism or tissue) living in the absence of air or free oxygen.
pertaining to or caused by the absence of oxygen.

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Origin of anaerobic

First recorded in 1880–85; anaerobe + -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM anaerobic

an·aer·o·bi·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for anaerobic

anaerobic
/ (ˌænɛəˈrəʊbɪk) /

adjective
(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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Derived forms of anaerobic

anaerobically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for anaerobic

anaerobic
[ ăn′ə-rōbĭk ]

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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Cultural definitions for anaerobic

anaerobic
[ (an-uh-roh-bik, an-air-oh-bik) ]

A descriptive term for a process, such as fermentation, that can proceed only in the absence of oxygen, or a living thing that can survive only in the absence of oxygen. (Compare aerobic.)

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