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a microorganism that lives and grows in the presence of free oxygen. adj., adj aero´bic.
facultative aerobe one that can live in the presence of oxygen, but does not require it.
obligate aerobe one that cannot live without oxygen.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
an organism that cannot live or grow in the absence of oxygen.
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ob·li·gate aer·obe(ob'li-găt ār'ōb)
An organism that cannot live or grow in the absence of oxygen.
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