aero-, aer-, aeri-

(Greek: air, mist, wind)

aerobacter (s) (noun) (no pl)
Any bacterium of the obsolete genus Aerobacter: An aerobacter is a gram-negative facultatively anaerobic motile rod and belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. The bacterium is found in the intuiting of humans and in other animals.
aerobatic ) (adjective), more aerobatic, most aerobatic
Referring to a performance of aircraft stunts while flying: Spectacular aerobatic flying feats include rolls, spins, twirls, dives, and flips by an airplane.
aerobatics (pl) (noun)
Spectacular feats done with an airplane; stunt flying: The spectators standing on the ground watched the aerobatics or the skilful displays of the plane, like the loops, rolls, and the dives.
aerobe (s) (noun), aerobes; aerobia (pl)
An organism that can live and grow only in the presence of oxygen, especially a bacterium: An aerobe is a form of life, like a micro-organism, that requires free oxygen for its existence.

The antonym of aerobe is "anaerobe".

aerobic (adjective), more aerobic, most aerobic
1. Concerning something living in air or occurring in the presence of oxygen or requiring oxygen to live: In aerobic respiration, which is the process used by the cells of most organisms, the production of energy from glucose metabolism requires the presence of oxygen.

2. Relating to an aerobe; aerophilic; aerophilous: One kind of bacterium can be a good catalyst for biodegradation in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
3. Referring to something that grows or occurs only in the presence of molecular oxygen: Bacteria are known to be aerobic thriving only in the presence of oxygen.
4. Regarding exercises that are to improve the effectiveness of the cardiovascular system in a person's body: Aerobic exercises, like running, can speed up respiration and heart rates, but weightlifting is not an aerobic activity.
aerobics (s) (noun) (no pl)
An active exercise program done with music and often in a class or group: Aerobics is a system of physical conditioning to enhance circulatory and respiratory efficiency that involves vigorous and sustained exercise, like jogging, swimming, or cycling, and thereby improving the body's use of oxygen.
aerobiological (adjective) (not comparable)
A reference to the study of airborne micro-organisms or spores and their distributions: The agrobiological branch of science deals with the occurrence and transportation of viruses, pollen, or pollutants that can be agents of infection.

Aerobiological aspects include the distribution of living organisms by air, either by the exterior, or outdoor air (extramural aerobiology), or by the indoor air (intramural aerobiology).

aerobiologist (s) (noun), aerobiologists (pl)
Someone who specializes in the study of airborne microorganisms or spores: Jack's dad was an aerobiologist who studied the effects of viruses, pollen, and pollutants that were transported by air currents.
aerobiology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of atmospheric constituents, living and nonliving, of biological significance: Aerobiology is the science that includes the research of airborne spores, pathogenic bacteria, allergenic substances, and pollutants.

Aerobiology is that branch of biology which deals with the distribution of living organisms by the air, either by the exterior or outdoor air (extramural aerobiology) or by the indoor air (intramural aerobiology).

aerobiont (s) (noun), aerobionts (pl)
Any kind of living thing that needs oxygen to survive: An aerobiont can be a cat, a dog a horse, a plant, or a human being since they all need air to live!
aerobioscope (s) (noun), aerobioscopes (pl)
An apparatus for collecting and determining the bacterial content in a sample of air: As an agrobiologist, Mary's father had to use an aerobioscope in his lab for doing research on bacteria that he collected from the air.
aerobiosis (s) (noun), aerobioses (pl)
Growith or the occurrence of life only in the presence of molecular oxygen: Aerobiosis concerns life forms, or their rexistence, in the air with free oxygen.

Aertobiosis pertains to life, or the organic wonder or miracle, which makes the difference between living forms of life and nonliving forms of life.

Life which is sustainable by means of atmospheric oxygen is termed aerobiosis.

aerobiotic (adjective), more aerobiotic, most aerobiotic
A reference to or characterized by aerobiosis; aerobic: Aerobiotic life of bacteria can only take place when air or oxygen is present.
aerobullosis (s) (noun), aerobulloses (pl)
Decompression sickness: Aerobullosis, or the reduction of atmospheric pressure, affects people who have ascended to great heights, or affects those who have descended to great depths (divers' disease).
aerocele (s) (noun), aeroceles (pl)
1. A cavity filled with air: An aerocele is a cyst or tumor formed by air filling an adventitious pouch, such as laryngocele and trachecele.
2. A cyst that is benign, contains air, thin-walled and can be found in the lung; pneumocele: When Dr. Smart was examining Mrs. Long, he detected an aerocele which turned out to be a case of staphylococcal pneumonia.

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Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind": aello-; aeolo-; anemo-; atmo-; austro-; flat-, flatu-; phys-; pneo-, -pnea; pneumato-; turb-; vent-; zephyro-.