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germfree

or germ-free

[ jurm-free, -free ]

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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of germfree1

First recorded in 1930–35; germ + -free

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