Definition of anaerobic in English:


Line breaks: an|aer¦obic
Pronunciation: /ˌanɛːˈrəʊbɪk


  • 1Relating to or requiring an absence of free oxygen: anaerobic bacteria
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    • They found the samples contained anaerobic bacteria that grew on sugars and proteins in total absence of oxygen.
    • Sugar availability is one of the elements required to support anaerobic metabolism.
    • River water begins to putrefy when lack of oxygen promotes the growth of anaerobic bacteria, which produce the tell-tale smell of stale water.
  • 1.1Relating to or denoting exercise which does not improve the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system in absorbing and transporting oxygen: anaerobic exercise requires short sudden bursts of energy
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    • Some experts say that after six to eight weeks of regular anaerobic exercise, a short hiatus is required to promote growth.
    • Rest for at least 24 hours after heavy anaerobic exercise such as weight-lifting or circuit training and try to alternate the type of exercise you do.
    • I suggest a regimen of daily vitamins and anaerobic exercises, Mort.



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  • For instance, the very best sprinters don't need much aerobic capacity because they rely on a preponderance of fast-twitch muscle fibers, which contract quickly and anaerobically, meaning they don't require oxygen to burn fuel.
  • Bacteria can also degrade components of crude oil, even anaerobically, and under certain conditions they produce methane, a valuable natural gas, in a processes analogous to the physical ‘cracking’ of hydrocarbons.
  • When hay from the wild-type and stay-green L. perenne phenotypes was incubated anaerobically at 39°C, rates of protein loss were rapid and did not differ.

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