Anaerobic
Anaerobic An*a`["e]*rob"ic, a. [Pref. an-not + a["e]robic.] 1. (Biol.) Not requiring air or oxygen for life; -- applied especially to those microbes to which free oxygen is unnecessary; ana["e]robiotic; -- opposed to {a["e]robic}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Biol.) Relating to, or like, ana["e]robies; ana["e]robiotic. [1913 Webster]


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