obligate anaerobe


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obligate anaerobe

[¦äb·li‚gāt ′an·ə‚rōb]
(microbiology)
A microorganism that cannot use oxygen and can grow only in the absence of free oxygen.
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Many of the identified phyla, including Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, and Verrucomicrobia, are primarily obligate anaerobes.
Bacteria of the genera Clostridia are gram-positive, obligate anaerobes that include C.
Clindamycin, a chlorine-substituted derivative of lincomycin, is effective against gram-positive cocci and obligate anaerobes.
The two contracts cover the development of drugs that utilize obligate anaerobes and nonpathogenic bacteria, traits which are characteristic of Bifidobacterium, a human intestinal tract bacterium.