the study of organisms raised in germ-free conditions: often a specific microorganism is also introduced
Origin of gnotobiotics; from Classical Greek gn?tos, known (; from gign?skein, know) + -biot(ic) + -ics
noun(used 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 gn&omacron;tos, known; see gn&omacron;- in Indo-European roots + biotics, study of living organisms.