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Aerobic

Aerobic means oxygen is needed to:

  • Survive
  • Grow
  • Work properly

For example, bacteria that need oxygen to grow are called aerobic bacteria.

Aerobic is the opposite of anaerobic.

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Update Date 11/2/2014

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.