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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.

References

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Aerobic. www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerobic. Accessed January 24, 2017.

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Review Date 12/10/2016

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.