obligate anaerobe

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an organism that lives and grows in the absence of molecular oxygen.(See accompanying table.) adj., adj anaero´bic.
facultative anaerobe a microorganism that can live and grow with or without molecular oxygen.
obligate anaerobe an organism that can grow only in the complete absence of molecular 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.

ob·li·gate an·aer·obe

an anaerobe that will grow only in the absence of free oxygen.
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ob·li·gate an·aer·obe

(ob'li-găt an'er-ōb)
An anaerobe that will grow only in the absence of free oxygen.
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