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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Living or occurring only in the presence of free oxygen.
  • adjective Of or relating to aerobes.
  • adjective Involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body.
  • adjective Relating to or used in aerobics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as aërobian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Biol.) Growing or thriving only in the presence of oxygen; also, pertaining to, or induced by, aërobies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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