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[ai-roh-bik] /ɛəˈroʊ bɪk/
(of an organism or tissue) requiring the presence of air or free oxygen for life.
pertaining to or caused by the presence of oxygen.
of or utilizing the principles of aerobics:
aerobic exercises; aerobic dances.
Origin of aerobic
1880-85; aerobe + -ic
Related forms
aerobically, adverb
nonaerobic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aerobic
  • Do moderate-intensity aerobic and muscle strengthening activities.
  • These are powerful exercises that give you stretch, strength and a bit of aerobic if you do quick reps.
  • The highest aerobic capacity in a field of athletes is no guarantee of victory.
  • Two types of microorganisms call your compost heap home: aerobic and anaerobic.
  • Whether that's due to its aerobic or weight-bearing nature isn't addressed by the experimental design.
  • Hand aeration is certainly good aerobic exercise, but it can be time consuming if you have a large lawn.
  • Low intensity aerobic exercise will help keep your lung capacity up.
  • When the body has plenty of oxygen, pyruvate is shuttled to an aerobic pathway to be further broken down for more energy.
  • Everyone knows that aerobic activity keeps your muscles fit.
  • Step or bench aerobics is a program that has become increasingly popular at aerobic studios in the last several years.
British Dictionary definitions for aerobic


(of an organism or process) depending on oxygen
of or relating to aerobes
designed for or relating to aerobics: aerobic shoes, aerobic dances
Compare anaerobic
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Word Origin and History for aerobic

"living only in the presence of oxygen," 1875, (after French aérobie, coined 1863 by Louis Pasteur) from Greek aero- "air" (see aero-) + bios "life" (see bio-).

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aerobic in Medicine

aerobic aer·o·bic (â-rō'bĭk)

  1. Living or occurring only in the presence of oxygen, as certain microorganisms.

  2. Of or relating to aerobes.

  3. Relating to or used in aerobics.

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aerobic in Science
Occurring in the presence of oxygen or requiring oxygen to live. In aerobic respiration, which is the process used by the cells of most organisms, the production of energy from glucose metabolism requires the presence of oxygen. Compare anaerobic.
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aerobic in Culture
aerobic [(air-oh-bik)]

In biology, a descriptive term for organisms that require the presence of oxygen to live. (Compare anaerobic.)

Note: Aerobic exercise, such as running, swimming, and doing calisthenics for an extended time, is designed to improve the body's use of oxygen.
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