the study of organisms raised in germ-free conditions: often a specific microorganism is also introduced
Origin of gnotobioticsfrom Classical Greek gn?tos, known ( from gign?skein, know) + -biot(ic) + -ics
nounused with a sing. verb
The study of organisms or environmental conditions that have been rendered free of bacteria or contaminants or into which a known microorganism or contaminant has been introduced for research purposes.
Origin of gnotobioticsGreek gnōtos known ; see gnō- in Indo-European roots. biotics study of living organisms