Anaerobic



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

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. Miranda Green May 6, 2013

In the fall of 2010, it bought an anaerobic digestion project then under construction in London, Ontario.
Will Food Waste Power Your Home? The Daily Beast June 15, 2014

In anaerobic digesters, organic material is mixed on a huge pot with massive quantities of tiny bacteria.
Will Food Waste Power Your Home? The Daily Beast June 15, 2014

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’ Chris Wallace February 24, 2012

Historical Examples

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 Ren Vallery-Radot

In anaerobic respiration, CO2 is given off, but no oxygen absorbed.
The Nature of Animal Light E. Newton Harvey

This prevents an extension of the injury and the establishment of a good field for the growth of anaerobic bacteria.
Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix

It was shown by Eaton and Grantham that anaerobic coagulation is slightly uncertain in action.
The Preparation of Plantation Rubber Sidney Morgan

The anaerobic conditions likewise favor the multiplication of intestinal bacteria, and also their fermentative activity.
The Elements of Bacteriological Technique John William Henry Eyre

adjective
(of an organism or process) requiring the absence of or not dependent on the presence of oxygen
of or relating to anaerobes
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-).

anaerobic an·aer·o·bic (ān’ə-rō’bĭk, -â-rō’bĭk)
adj.

Relating to or being an anaerobe.

Living without oxygen.

anaerobic
(ān’ə-rō’bĭk)
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.
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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