Breakdown of organic substances, especially by microorganisms such as bacteria and yeasts, yielding incompletely oxidized products. Some forms can take place in the absence of oxygen, in which case ATP is generated in reaction pathways in which organic compounds act as both donors and acceptors of electrons. Historically, the production of ethyl alcohol or acetic acid from glucose. Also applied to anaerobic glycolysis as in lactate formation in muscle.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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