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Anaerobic means "living in the absence of air", as opposed to aerobic which means "living in the presence of air." Anaerobic may also refer to:

  • Anaerobic adhesive, a bonding agent that does not cure in the presence of air
  • Anaerobic clarigester, an anaerobic digester that treats dilute biodegradable feedstocks and allows different retention times for solids and liquids
  • Anaerobic contact process, an anaerobic digester with a set of reactors in series
  • Anaerobic digestion, the use of anaerobic bacteria to break down waste, with biogas as a valuable byproduct
  • Hypoxia (environmental) (anaerobic environment), an environment with little or no available oxygen
  • Anaerobic exercise, exercise intense enough to cause lactate to form, used in non-endurance sports
  • Anaerobic filter, an anaerobic digester with a tank containing a filter medium where anaerobic microbes can establish themselves
  • Anaerobic lagoon, used to dispose of animal waste, particularly that of cows and pigs
  • Anaerobic organism, any organism whose redox metabolism does not depend on free oxygen
  • Anaerobic respiration, respiration in the absence of oxygen, using some other molecule as the final electron acceptor
  • Anammox, anaerobic ammonium oxidation, a globally important microbial process of the nitrogen cycle