axenic[ā zē′nik, -zen′ik]
axenic definition by Webster's New World
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not contaminated; gnotobiotic: said esp. of a culture medium devoid of all living organisms except those of a single species
Origin: ; from a- plush xen(o)- plush -ic
axenic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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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: a-1 + Greek xenikos, foreign (from xenos, stranger; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots).
- a·xenˈi·cal·ly adverb
axenic - Medical Definition
Not contaminated by or associated with any other living organisms; sterile. Used especially in reference to pure cultures of microorganisms.