Definition of aerobic
1 : living, active, or occurring only in the presence of oxygen aerobic respiration
2 : of, relating to, or induced by aerobes aerobic fermentation
3a : of, relating to, or being activity which increases the body's demand for oxygen thereby resulting in marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate stationary bicycles used for aerobic conditioning an aerobic workout Aerobic exercise involves pushing your heart rate to 70% to 85% of its maximum, and keeping it there for 20 to 60 minutes at a time. — Tara Parker-Popeb : of or relating to the body's ability to consume oxygen during exercise … the average exerciser can skip a couple of weeks without experiencing declines in aerobic capacity or the ability of the heart and lungs to supply the muscles with oxygen … — Consumer Reports on Healthc : relating to, resulting from, or used in aerobics or aerobic activity aerobic equipment
aerobicallyplay \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of aerobic in a Sentence
aerobic exercises like running and swimming
aerobic organisms such as bacteria
Did You Know?
Aerobic exercise is exercise that takes an extended amount of time—usually ten minutes or more—but is usually performed at only moderate intensity. Running, swimming, bicycling, and cross-country skiing are classic aerobic exercises. In 1968 a best-selling book called Aerobics introduced a system of exercise for increasing the body's ability to take in and use oxygen, and today aerobics classes, often mimicking such outdoor exercise as running and bicycling, take place every afternoon in thousands of gyms and YMCAs across the country. Aerobic exercise particularly strengthens the heart and lungs, but usually has many other good effects as well. Aerobic bacteria, which need oxygen to live, are essential for breaking down living matter so that it returns to the soil. They include the famous intestinal E. coli, as well as the staph and strep bacteria that can make a visit to the hospital risky.
First Known Use of aerobic
AEROBIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aerobic for English Language Learners
of exercise : strengthening the heart and lungs by making them work hard for several minutes or more
: using oxygen
Medical Definition of aerobic
1: living, active, or occurring only in the presence of oxygen aerobic respiration
2: of, relating to, or induced by aerobes aerobic fermentation
3a: of, relating to, or being activity which increases the body's demand for oxygen thereby resulting in a marked temporary increase in respiration and heart rate aerobic exerciseb: of or relating to the body's ability to consume oxygen during exercise aerobic capacityc: relating to, resulting from, or used in aerobics or aerobic activity aerobic shoes
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