anaerobic [ an- uh- roh-bik, an-ai- ] SHOW IPA / ˌæn əˈroʊ bɪk, ˌæn ɛə- / PHONETIC RESPELLING adjective (of an organism or tissue) living in the absence of air or free oxygen. pertaining to or caused by the absence of oxygen. QUIZZES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUNCTUATION QUIZ
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Origin of anaerobic
First recorded in 1880–85;
-ic OTHER WORDS FROM anaerobic an·aer·o·bi·cal·ly, adverb Words nearby anaerobic anadyr
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Example sentences from the Web for anaerobic
The butyric acid bacteria are
anaerobic, and thus can grow in butter and cheese away from the air.
The functions of the
anaerobic organisms may be, on the contrary, regarded as largely preparatory in their nature.
anaerobic respiration, CO2 is given off, but no oxygen absorbed.
The second compartment is inhabited by
anaerobic bacteria, or forms of microscopic life that work practically without air. Anaerobic species usually require little oxygen, but aerobic species a free supply. British Dictionary definitions for anaerobic adjective (of an organism or process) requiring the absence of or not dependent on the presence of oxygen of or relating to anaerobes Derived forms of anaerobic anaerobically, adverb
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Medical definitions for anaerobic anaerobic [ ăn′ə-rō ′bĭk, -â-rō ′bĭk ] adj. Relating to or being an anaerobe. Living without oxygen.
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Scientific definitions for anaerobic 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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