Definition of aerobe in English:


Syllabification: aer·obe
Pronunciation: /ˈe(ə)rˌōb


  • A microorganism that grows in the presence of air or requires oxygen for growth.
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    • These bacteria are all facultative aerobes, meaning that they are oxygen tolerant.
    • Antibiotics must cover both aerobes and anaerobes.
    • Foot infections in diabetic patients are commonly polymicrobial and may involve aerobes and anaerobes.


late 19th century: coined in French from Greek aēr 'air' + bios 'life'.

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