aerobic

adjective
aer·​o·​bic | \ˌer-ˈō-bik \

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-Pope

b : 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 Health

c : relating to, resulting from, or used in aerobics or aerobic activity aerobic equipment

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Other Words from aerobic

aerobically \-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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.

Examples of aerobic in a Sentence

aerobic exercises like running and swimming aerobic organisms such as bacteria

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Jornet was the aerobic monster who could grind fast and forever on little food or water. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Despite the highly aerobic performance, Welch didn't compromise her voice, belting out her vocals with near perfection. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Florence + the Machine Prance & Spin Around 'Tonight Show' Audience For Enchanting 'Hunger' Performance: Watch," 17 May 2018 The physical therapy intervention included one-on-one coaching, instructions for at-home exercise and aerobic workout sessions. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain," 1 Oct. 2017 This was despite mountains of evidence pointing to the benefits of aerobic exercise for mental health. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "Lifting Weights Helps Ease Anxiety and Depression," 5 July 2018 Researchers examined 17,989 men and women, average age 50, from 1971 to 2009, gathering health and behavioral information, including data on aerobic fitness. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Midlife Fitness May Protect Against Later Depression," 27 June 2018 The workout combined bright leotards and upbeat dance music with aerobic exercise. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 One of its goals was to increase the proportion of people engage in aerobic physical activity on a regular basis. Tess Strokes, Outside Online, "Trading Football for Fat Tires in Mississippi," 6 June 2018 Get 150 or more minutes of aerobic activity (interval walking; cycling; etc.) weekly. Houston Chronicle, "10 steps to protect your heart, brain and body from disease and premature aging," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of aerobic

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerobic

French aérobie "living only in the presence of oxygen" + -ic entry 1 — more at aerobe

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aerobic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aerobic

of exercise : strengthening the heart and lungs by making them work hard for several minutes or more

: using oxygen

aerobic

adjective
aer·​o·​bic | \ˌa(-ə)r-ˈō-bik, ˌe(-ə)r- \

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 exercise

b : of or relating to the body's ability to consume oxygen during exercise aerobic capacity

c : relating to, resulting from, or used in aerobics or aerobic activity aerobic shoes

Other Words from aerobic

aerobically \-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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