Problem: What is the key metabolic difference between anaerobic respiration and fermentation?

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Fermentation: The process by which glucose is completely oxidized in absence of oxygen, to form alcohol or lactic acid and a small amount of energy is said to be fermentation. 

  • In this case, different enzymes formed within the cells secrete out of the cells and take part in the reaction. Here, the external glucose is used.
  • It extends glycolysis, the first stage of metabolism, to produce usable energy. It is an extremely common way of gaining energy from food in the absence of sufficient oxygen.
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What is the key metabolic difference between anaerobic respiration and fermentation?

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