Aerobic means oxygen is needed to survive, grow, or work properly.
For example, bacteria that need oxygen to grow are called aerobic bacteria.
Aerobic is the opposite of anaerobic.
Review Date: 11/4/2012
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, and Stephanie Slon.