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pure culture

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noun
  1. the growth of only one microorganism in a culture.

Origin of pure culture

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for pure culture

Historical Examples

  • Naturally the flavor produced by pure-culture ferments depends upon the character of the organism used.

    Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition

    H. L. Russell

  • Experience seems to indicate that pure-culture starters "run out" sooner than domestic starters.


British Dictionary definitions for pure culture

pure culture

noun
  1. bacteriol a culture containing a single species of microorganism
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pure culture in Medicine

pure culture

n.
  1. A culture consisting of the descendants of a single cell.
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