an·​aer·​obe | \ ˈa-nə-ˌrōb How to pronounce anaerobe (audio) , (ˌ)an-ˈer-ˌōb How to pronounce anaerobe (audio) \

Definition of anaerobe

: an anaerobic organism

Examples of anaerobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually Stewart took over Bengtson’s work in anaerobes, organisms that survive without oxygen. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer," 17 June 2019 Moeller and his colleagues noticed that obligate anaerobes, bacteria that can only survive in an oxygen-free environment, tended to pass from mouse mothers to their offspring but not between other mice through the environment. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mammals inherit most of their gut bacteria, new study suggests," 26 Oct. 2018 In its four hours in the colon, the pill recorded elevated levels of O2, which could mess up anaerobes. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "With ingestible pill, you can track fart development in real time on your phone," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of anaerobe

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anaerobe was in 1881

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“Anaerobe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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an·​aer·​obe | \ ˈan-ə-ˌrōb; (ˈ)an-ˈa(-ə)r-ˌōb How to pronounce anaerobe (audio) , -ˈe(-ə)r- How to pronounce anaerobe (audio) \

Medical Definition of anaerobe

: an anaerobic organism

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