aerobe

noun aer·obe \ ˈer-ˌōb \

Definition of aerobe

: an organism (such as a bacterium) that lives only in the presence of oxygen

Origin and Etymology of aerobe

alteration (probably conformed to microbe) of French aérobie "living only in the presence of oxygen," from aéro- aero- + -bie (as in amphibie amphibious), borrowed from Greek -bios "having (such a) life," adjective derivative of bíos "life" — more at 1quick


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aerobe

noun aer·obe \ ˈa(-ə)r-ˌōb, ˈe(-ə)r- \

medical Definition of aerobe

: an organism (as a bacterium) that lives only in the presence of oxygen

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