Anaerobic bacteria

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Definition

Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that do not live or grow when oxygen is present.

In humans, these bacteria are most commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. They play a role in conditions such as

, , and .

Alternative Names

Anaerobe

References

Brook I, Goldstein EJ. Diseases caused by non-spore forming anaerobic bacteria. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 25th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 297.

Stedman's Online Medical Dictionary. http://stedmansonline.com/content.aspx?id=mlrA1400000238&termtype=t. Accessed June 1, 2015.

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