subculture [ verb suhb- kuhl-cher; noun suhb-kuhl-cher ] SHOW IPA / verb sʌbˈkʌl tʃər; noun ˈsʌbˌkʌl tʃər / PHONETIC RESPELLING WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), sub·cul·tured, sub·cul·tur·ing. . Bacteriology to cultivate (a bacterial strain) again on a new medium. noun . Bacteriology a culture derived in this manner. . Sociology the cultural values and behavioral patterns distinctive of a particular group in a society. a group having social, economic, ethnic, or other traits distinctive enough to distinguish it from others within the same culture or society. RELATED WORDS sect
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culture Related forms sub·cul·tur·al, adjective sub·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for subcultured noun ( ˈsʌbˌkʌltʃə) 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 ( sʌbˈkʌltʃə) (tr) to inoculate (bacteria from one culture medium) onto another medium Derived Forms subcultural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for subcultured n.
1886, in reference to bacterial cultures, from
sub- + culture (n.). From 1936 in reference to human cultures.
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Medicine definitions for subcultured n. A culture made by transferring to a fresh medium microorganisms from a previous culture.
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Culture definitions for subcultured
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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