- (of an experimental animal) raised under sterile conditions; germfree.
- (of a laboratory culture) uncontaminated.
Origin of axenic
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- (of a biological culture or culture medium) free from other microorganisms; uncontaminated
C20: see a- 1, xeno-, -ic
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- Not contaminated by or associated with any other living organisms; sterile. Used especially in reference to pure cultures of microorganisms.
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