Gnotobiotics - definition of gnotobiotics by The Free Dictionary
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n. (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.
(Biology) (functioning as singular) the study of organisms living in germ-free conditions or when inoculated with known microorganisms
[C20: from Greek, from gnōtos, from gignōskein to know + bios known life]
a branch of biology that studies animals under germ-free conditions.See also: Biology
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1957 A new field called gnotobiotics
, "the study of animals in a germ-free or germ-controlled environment," is described (1/26/57, p.
Japan Intersociety Microbiology Congress (1979), and the Association for Gnotobiotics (1980).
In addition to membership in OAS, Frank Chorpenning held memberships in the following associations: the American Association of Immunologists (1961; Emeritus, 1983); the American Society for Microbiology (1950; fellow; Emeritus, 1981); the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1949-1976); the American Association of Blood Banks (19561975); and the Association for Gnotobiotics (1971).