Anaerobic Respiration

What is the difference between anaerobic respiration and aerobic respiration?

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Respiration is a molecular process that breaks down glucose and produces wastes products and energy. If the respiration is carried out in the presence of oxygen it is called aerobic respiration and produces a great amount of energy, and carbon dioxide and water as waste products. If the respiration is carried out without the use of oxygen it is called anaerobic respiration and produces small amounts of energy, and alcohol, or lactic acid or other compounds as a waste product depending on what kinds of cells are active.

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Aerobic respiration is the release of energy from glucose or in the presence of Oxygen. Anaerobic respiration refers to the oxidation of a molecule (or molecules) to produce engery in the absence of oxygen.  

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