axenic

[ ey-zen-ik, ey-zee-nik ]
/ eɪˈzɛn ɪk, eɪˈzi nɪk /

adjective Biology.

(of an experimental animal) raised under sterile conditions; germfree.
(of a laboratory culture) uncontaminated.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. axel,
  2. axel heiberg,
  3. axelrod,
  4. axelrod, julius,
  5. axeman,
  6. axes,
  7. axi-,
  8. axial,
  9. axial angle,
  10. axial current

Origin of axenic

1940–45; a-6 + Greek xenikós foreign. See xeno-, -ic

Related formsa·xen·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for axenic

axenic

/ (eɪˈziːnɪk) /

adjective

(of a biological culture or culture medium) free from other microorganisms; uncontaminated

Word Origin for axenic

C20: see a- 1, xeno-, -ic

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Medicine definitions for axenic

axenic

[ ā-zĕnĭk, ā-zēnĭk ]

adj.

Not contaminated by or associated with any other living organisms; sterile. Used especially in reference to pure cultures of microorganisms.

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