One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A microorganism that is able to, or can only, live in the absence of oxygen.
- ‘Other normal inhabitants of the birth canal - staph, strep, diphtheroids, anaerobes, E. coli and Listeria - are other pathogens that may cause neonatal pneumonia.’
- ‘Organisms that preferentially attack the fallopian tubes include Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis and mixed aerobes and anaerobes.’
- ‘The most recently released agents have significant antimicrobial activity against gram-positive streptococci, atypical pathogens and anaerobes.’
- ‘Major and limb-threatening infections usually are polymicrobial and may involve aerobic gram positive cocci, gram negative bacilli, anaerobes, and enterococci.’
- ‘Foot infections in diabetic patients are commonly polymicrobial and may involve aerobes and anaerobes.’
Late 19th century: from an- + aerobe.
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