aerobic

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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
3 a :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

aerobically

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Examples of aerobic in a Sentence

  1. aerobic exercises like running and swimming

  2. aerobic organisms such as bacteria

Recent Examples of aerobic from the Web

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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.

First Known Use of aerobic

1875


AEROBIC Defined for English Language Learners

aerobic

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adjective

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 Dictionary

aerobic

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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
3 a :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

aerobically

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