- the growth of only one microorganism in a culture.
Origin of pure culture
First recorded in 1890–95
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Naturally the flavor produced by pure-culture ferments depends upon the character of the organism used.
Experience seems to indicate that pure-culture starters "run out" sooner than domestic starters.
- bacteriol a culture containing a single species of microorganism
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- A culture consisting of the descendants of a single cell.
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