The ability of an organism, such as bacteria, to live in the absence of oxygen. Examples are tetanus, gangrene and botulism. Some chemical reactions, such as fermentation, are also anaerobic.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Anaerobie (Deut.); anaérobie (Fr.); anaëroob (Ned.);
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaerobic (Accessed Mar. 20, 2006) -for non-English terms