anaerobic respiration

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to anaerobic respiration: anaerobic exercise

an·aer·o·bic res·pi·ra·tion

a form of respiration in which molecular oxygen is not consumed, for example, nitrate respiration, sulfate respiration.

an·aer·o·bic res·pi·ra·tion

(an'ār-ō'bik res'pir-ā'shŭn)
A form of respiration in which molecular oxygen is not consumed (e.g., nitrate respiration, sulfate respiration).
Anaerobic respirationclick for a larger image
Fig. 35 Anaerobic respiration . Energy release in anaerobic and aerobic respiration.
Anaerobic respirationclick for a larger image
Fig. 34 Anaerobic respiration . Breakdown of pyruvic acid to ethanol.

anaerobic respiration

a type of cell respiration that takes place in ANAEROBES, and in which energy is released from glucose and other foods without the presence of oxygen. The reactions fall into two stages:

Stage 1: GLYCOLYSIS, in which glucose is converted to two molecules of pyruvic acid (pyruvate) in the general cell cytoplasm. The same reactions occur as in AEROBIC RESPIRATION, but in anaerobes the absence of oxygen prevents the two resulting molecules of reduced NAD from being oxidized via the ELECTRON TRANSPORT SYSTEM (ETS) in the MITOCHONDRIA. Instead, ATP is produced from ADP by SUBSTRATE-LEVEL PHOSPHORYLATION. Thus the net output of ATP in anaerobic respiration is 2 molecules (4 minus 2 used in the initial phosphorylation).

Stage 2: once pyruvate has been produced, two alternative pathways can occur. In plants and many microorganisms the pyruvate is broken down to ethanol via ethanal (acetaldehyde) in a process called ALCOHOLIC FERMENTATION, which requires hydrogen from NADH (see Fig. 34 ). In animals the pyruvate is changed via a single step into LACTIC ACID, a process called lactic-acid fermentation, which again requires hydrogen from NADH.

The role of NADH in both fermentations should be noted. Since the amount of NAD present in the cell is limited, glycolysis would quickly come to a halt if anaerobic respiration stopped at pyruvate. By going on to ethanol or lactic acid, NAD is freed in the fermentations to return to glycolysis and thus allow glucose CATABOLISM to continue. The yield of ATP in anaerobic respiration is poor because, firstly, the ETS cannot be used without oxygen, and, secondly, the end products still contain large amounts of energy. As a result, the free energy released and stored is only a fraction of the amount in the complete oxidation of glucose, as is shown in Fig. 35.

anaerobic respiration,

n a cellular process that occurs in the absence of free oxygen to partially break down glucose molecules and provide a small net gain of ATP.


1. the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the body cells, including inspiration and expiration, diffusion of oxygen from the pulmonary alveoli to the blood and of carbon dioxide from the blood to the alveoli, and the transport of oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the body cells.
2. cellular respiration, the metabolic processes by which living cells break down carbohydrates, amino acids and fats to produce energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

abdominal respiration
inspiration and expiration accomplished mainly by the abdominal muscles and diaphragm. Occurs in acute pleurisy because of pain in the chest and fixation of the thorax, and tick paralysis due to paralysis of the intercostal muscles.
aerobic respiration
oxidative transformation of certain substrates into secretory products, the released energy being used in the process of assimilation.
anaerobic respiration
respiration in which energy is released by chemical reactions in which free oxygen takes no part.
artificial respiration
that maintained by force applied to the body. Called also artificially assisted respiration.
artificially assisted respiration
see artificial respiration (above).
Biot's r's
rapid, deep respirations with abrupt pauses in breathing. See also biot's respirations.
cell respiration
the processes in the living cell by which organic substances are oxidized and chemical energy is released.
Cheyne-Stokes respiration
breathing characterized by rhythmic waxing and waning of respiration depth, with regularly recurring apneic periods. See also cheyne-stokes respiration.
cogwheel respiration
breathing with jerky inspiration.
controlled respiration
during general anesthesia using an endotracheal tube with an inflated cuff, the animal's respiration can be controlled completely by compression alternating with relaxation on the rebreathing bag of the breathing circuit. See also intermittent positive-pressure ventilation.
costal respiration
the respiratory movements are mostly carried out by the chest wall.
diaphragmatic respiration
that performed mainly by the diaphragm.
electrophrenic respiration
induction of respiration by electric stimulation of the phrenic nerve.
external respiration
the exchange of gases between the lungs and the blood.
internal respiration
the exchange of gases between the body cells and the blood.
Kussmaul's respiration
labored respiration
see dyspnea.
respiration monitors
machines that monitor respiratory movement and efficiency are most desirable during anesthesia. They include rate monitors, apnea alarms, tidal and minute volume monitoring respirometers, infrared gas analyzers to measure carbon dioxide content of end-tidal air,
paradoxical respiration
that in which a lung, or a portion of a lung, is deflated during inspiration and inflated during expiration. See also paradoxical respiration.
tissue respiration
internal respiration.
References in periodicals archive ?
2] atmospheres indicated less anaerobic respiration rate, a reduction of off-flavours and better consistency.
com, or MSN Live Search, find more information by searching for these words or phrases: law of thermodynamics, energy conversion, anaerobic respiration, aerobic respiration, oxidation reduction, photosynthesis, pigments, light reactions, ATP, ADP, Calvin cycle, Krebs cycle, stomata, glycolysis, fermentation, glucose, protein, lipids, and amino acids.
However, AHSP can reduce the LDH activity and LD concentration to some extent, indicating that AHSP can alleviate the enhancement of anaerobic respiration by LDH and the accumulation of the metabolic end product, and thus can reduce the damage of anaerobic glycolysis to the body.
He said this is likely because the animals need time to recover from anaerobic respiration necessary for longer dives in summer.
Microbial fuel ceils are a current research area that harvests electricity from bacteria capable of anaerobic respiration (Holmes et al.
In other words, it uses anaerobic respiration, calling on readily available power resources stored up in its muscles.
Denitrification, an anaerobic respiration process in which nitrate is reduced to [N.