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  • (biology) Applied to cells (largely bacterial) that can live without oxygen; strict anaerobes cannot live in the presence of oxygen. Source: Curtis, Helena. 1968. Biology. New York, NY. Worth Publishers
  • (environment) A life or process that occurs in, or is not destroyed by, the absence of oxygen. Source: Terms of the Environment
  • (geology)
  1. Said of an organism (esp. a bacterium) that can live in the absence of free oxygen; also, said of its activities.--n. anaerobe. AGI
  2. Said of conditions that exist only in the absence of free oxygen. CF: aerobic
    Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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