anaerobic [ an- uh- roh-bik, an-ai- ] SHOW IPA / ˌæn əˈroʊ bɪk, ˌæn ɛə- / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective (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
First recorded in
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Examples from the Web for anaerobically British Dictionary definitions for anaerobically 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 anaerobically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anaerobically adj.
"capable of living without oxygen," 1879 (as
anaerobian; modern form first attested 1884), from French anaérobie, coined 1863 by French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), from Greek an- "without" (see an- (1)) + aer "air" (see air (n.1)) + bios "life" (see bio-).
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Medicine definitions for anaerobically anaerobic [ ăn′ə-rō ′bĭk, -â-rō ′bĭk ] adj. Relating to or being an anaerobe. Living without oxygen.
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Science definitions for anaerobically 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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Culture definitions for anaerobically 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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