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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Biology Living or occurring only in the presence of oxygen: aerobic bacteria.
  • adj. Biology Of or relating to aerobes.
  • adj. Involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body: aerobic exercise.
  • adj. Relating to or used in aerobics: aerobic shoes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Living or occurring only in the presence of oxygen e.g. aerobic bacteria.
  • adj. Involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body e.g. aerobic exercise.
  • adj. Of, or relating to aerobics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Growing or thriving only in the presence of oxygen; also, pertaining to, or induced by, aërobies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as aërobian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. based on or using the principles of aerobics; enhancing respiratory and circulatory efficiency
  • adj. depending on free oxygen or air

Etymologies

French aérobie, coined in 1863 by Louis Pasteur, from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aēr, "air") + βίος (bios, "life") +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)

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