Definition of anaerobe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanəˌrōb/


An organism that grows without air, or requires oxygen-free conditions to live.
Example sentences
  • Major and limb-threatening infections usually are polymicrobial and may involve aerobic gram positive cocci, gram negative bacilli, anaerobes, and enterococci.
  • Other normal inhabitants of the birth canal - staph, strep, diphtheroids, anaerobes, E. coli and Listeria - are other pathogens that may cause neonatal pneumonia.
  • The most recently released agents have significant antimicrobial activity against gram-positive streptococci, atypical pathogens and anaerobes.


Late 19th century: from an-1 + aerobe.

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Syllabification: an·aer·obe

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