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 (ā-zĕn′ĭk, ā-zē′nĭk)
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.

[a- + Greek xenikos, foreign (from xenos, stranger; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots).]

a·xen′i·cal·ly adv.


(Microbiology) (of a biological culture or culture medium) free from other microorganisms; uncontaminated
[C20: see a-1, xeno-, -ic]


(eɪˈzɛn ɪk, eɪˈzi nɪk)

1. (of an experimental animal) raised under sterile conditions; germfree.
2. (of a laboratory culture) uncontaminated.
[1940–45; a-6 + Greek xenikós foreign. See xeno-, -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.axenic - (of experimental animals) raised under sterile conditionsaxenic - (of experimental animals) raised under sterile conditions; "axenic conditions"; "germfree animals"
germfree - free from germs or pathogenic organisms; sterile; "a germfree environment"
2.axenic - (used of cultures of microorganisms) completely free from other organismsaxenic - (used of cultures of microorganisms) completely free from other organisms; "an axenic culture"
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
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Metabolism of pentachlorophenol by an axenic bacterial culture.
Other medium recommended for axenic culture are Proteose Peptone-yeast extract-glucose medium, and Trypticase soy broth medium.
Antigenic differences between axenic amastigotes & promastigotes of Leishmania donovani.
Hence, the objectives of the present study were to identify suitable culture media for the cultivation of Acanthamoeba, to formulate media components for effective cultivation, to analyze the influence of various enrichment components and to correlate the axenic (without bacteria as food source) monoaxenic (with bacteria as food source) growth of this organism.
Paint samples were dipped in bacterial suspension and maintained at or under 37[degrees]C over 24 h and then diluted with axenic water.
Effect of Culture Age and Biomass Concentration on Heavy Metal Uptake by Three Axenic Bacterial Cultures; Adv.
Primordium formation in axenic cultures of Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Sing.
Standard microbiological Petri-dish techniques were employed for determining the effectiveness of each treatment against mold fungi in axenic culture.