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

Definition of anaerobe

: an anaerobic organism

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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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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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