axenic culture
Free of external contaminants and internal symbionts; generally not possible with surface sterilization alone, sometimes used incorrectly to indicate aseptic culture.

Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture . 2015.

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  • axenic culture — a pure culture of microorganisms, i.e., one free from contaminating microorganisms or, in the case of parasites, without the presence of the host …   Medical dictionary

  • axenic — adj. 1. raised under sterile conditions; of experimental animals; as, axenic conditions. [WordNet 1.5] 2. pure or completely free of the presence of other organisms; used of cultures of microorganisms; as, an axenic culture. Syn: uncontaminated;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Axenic — In biology, axenic describes a culture of a particular organism that is entirely free of all other contaminating organisms. The earliest axenic cultures were of bacteria or unicellular eukaryotes, but axenic cultures of many multicellular… …   Wikipedia

  • axenic — adjective a) Containing only a single species of microorganism. For example, an axenic culture means that a pure sample of the organism in question has been grown. This species has resisted all attempts at axenic culture. b) Isolated from… …   Wiktionary

  • axenic — A situation in which only one species is present. Thus an axenic culture is uncontaminated by organisms of other species, an axenic organism does not have commensal organisms in the gut etc. Some organisms have obligate symbionts and cannot be… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • axenic — adjective 1. (of experimental animals) raised under sterile conditions axenic conditions germfree animals • Similar to: ↑germfree 2. (used of cultures of microorganisms) completely free from other organisms an axenic culture • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • axenic — Sterile, denoting especially a pure culture. Also used to denote “germ free” animals born and raised in a sterile environment. SEE ALSO: gnotobiote. [G. a priv. + xenos, foreign] * * * axe·nic ( )ā zen ik, zēn adj free from other living organisms …   Medical dictionary

  • axenic — [ā zē′nik, āzen′ik] adj. [< A 2 + XEN(O) + IC] not contaminated; gnotobiotic: said esp. of a culture medium devoid of all living organisms except those of a single species …   English World dictionary

  • Culture (disambiguation) — Contents 1 Science 1.1 Natural sciences 1.2 Social sciences …   Wikipedia

  • axenic — axenically, adv. /ay zen ik, ay zee nik/, adj. Biol. 1. (of an experimental animal) raised under sterile conditions; germfree. 2. (of a laboratory culture) uncontaminated. [1940 45; A 6 + Gk xenikós foreign. See XENO , IC] * * * …   Universalium

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