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germfree

or germ-free

[jurm-free, -free] /ˈdʒɜrmˈfri, -ˌfri/
adjective
1.
free of germs; sterile:
This kind of research should be done in a germfree laboratory.
2.
(of experimental animals) born and raised under sterile conditions.
Origin of germfree
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35; germ + -free
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