not contaminated; gnotobiotic: said esp. of a culture medium devoid of all living organisms except those of a single species
Origin of axenic; from a- + xen(o)- + -ic
Not contaminated by or associated with any other living organisms. Usually used in reference to pure cultures of microorganisms that are completely free of the presence of other organisms.
Origin of axenica–1 + Greek xenikos, foreign (from xenos, stranger; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more axenic, superlative most axenic)
a- + xenic