Definition of aerobic in English:


Syllabification: aer·o·bic
Pronunciation: /əˈrōbik, e(ə)ˈrō-


  • 1Relating to, involving, or requiring free oxygen: simple aerobic bacteria
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    • Plants, as other aerobic organisms, require oxygen for the efficient production of energy.
    • The importance of free fatty acids in aerobic metabolism is best shown in cardiac muscle.
    • White blood cells have respiratory enzymes for aerobic metabolism, and others suited to their particular functions.
  • 1.1Relating to or denoting exercise that improves or is intended to improve the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system in absorbing and transporting oxygen.
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    • Weight training and aerobic exercise are important for improving body composition.
    • There was a time in your life when you didn't even realize what you were doing was called aerobic or cardio exercise.
    • For a fit and healthy cardiovascular system, aerobic training should be performed three to four times a week.



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  • This means being aerobically fit and having stamina.
  • A healthy body is one that is strong, flexible and aerobically fit.
  • The thing with long distance running is that you don't have to push yourself incredibly hard, particularly aerobically.


late 19th century: from aero- + Greek bios 'life' + -ic.

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