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anaerobic adj
1 living or active in the absence of free oxygen; "anaerobic bacteria" [syn: anaerobiotic] [ant: aerobic]
2 not aerobic; "isometric exercises are anaerobic" [ant: aerobic]

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From anaérobie.


  1. Without oxygen; especially of an environment or organism.
  2. Of, or relating to an anaerobe



without oxygen

Extensive Definition

Anaerobic is a technical word which literally means without air (where "air" is generally used to mean oxygen), as opposed to aerobic.
In wastewater treatment the absence of oxygen is indicated as anoxic; and anaerobic is used to indicate the absence of a common electron acceptor such as nitrate, sulfate or oxygen. An anaerobic adhesive is a bonding agent that does not cure in the presence of air.
Anaerobic refers to:
anaerobic in Spanish: Anaeróbico
anaerobic in Indonesian: Anaerobik
anaerobic in Dutch: anaeroob
anaerobic in Turkish: Anaerobik
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