[ verb suhb-kuhl-cher; noun suhb-kuhl-cher ]
/ verb s蕦b藞k蕦l t蕛蓹r; noun 藞s蕦b藢k蕦l t蕛蓹r /
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verb (used with object), sub路cul路tured, sub路cul路tur路ing.
Bacteriology. to cultivate (a bacterial strain) again on a new medium.
Bacteriology. a culture derived in this manner.
  1. the cultural values and behavioral patterns distinctive of a particular group in a society.
  2. a group having social, economic, ethnic, or other traits distinctive enough to distinguish it from others within the same culture or society.
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Origin of subculture

First recorded in 1895鈥1900; sub- + culture


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British Dictionary definitions for subculture


noun (藞s蕦b藢k蕦lt蕛蓹)
a subdivision of a national culture or an enclave within it with a distinct integrated network of behaviour, beliefs, and attitudes
a culture of microorganisms derived from another culture
verb (s蕦b藞k蕦lt蕛蓹)
(tr) to inoculate (bacteria from one culture medium) onto another medium

Derived forms of subculture

subcultural, adjective
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Medical definitions for subculture

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A culture made by transferring to a fresh medium microorganisms from a previous culture.
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Cultural definitions for subculture


A group within a society that has its own shared set of customs, attitudes, and values, often accompanied by jargon or slang. A subculture can be organized around a common activity, occupation, age, status, ethnic background, race, religion, or any other unifying social condition, but the term is often used to describe deviant groups, such as thieves and drug users. (See counterculture.)

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