aerobe

noun
aer·​obe | \ ˈer-ˌōb How to pronounce aerobe (audio) \

Definition of aerobe

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

First Known Use of aerobe

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 quick entry 1

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“Aerobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerobe. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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aerobe

noun
aer·​obe | \ ˈa(-ə)r-ˌōb, ˈe(-ə)r- How to pronounce aerobe (audio) \

Medical Definition of aerobe

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

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