An organism that can survive and grow in the absence or near absence of free oxygen. Faculative anaerobes can live with or without free oxygen; obligate anaerobes are poisoned by it. Anaerobic bacteria can be a hazard in food canning because they can multiply in foods even under vacuum. Compare with aerobe.
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