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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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The authors verified that axenic culture of Bacillariophyceae and Dinophyceae was more difficult to obtain than those of Chlorophyceae and Haptophyceae because of them intricated external morphology.
This step was repeated several times to obtain an axenic culture. The axenic condition of the cultures was tested by transferring pieces of agar block with the cyanobacterial cultures to LB agar medium plates.
Like amino acids, dipeptides (two amino acids joined by a peptide bond) are transported into roots (Komarova et al 2008), as demonstrated by the presence of intact dipeptide molecules in plants grown in axenic culture (Paungfoo-Lonhienne et al.
The Cyanobacteria Planktothrix agardhii (Gomont) Anagostidis et Komarek was isolated from the Barra Bonita Reservoir and maintained in axenic culture (strain BB013) at the Freshwater Microalgae Collection Culture (WDCM 835).
In 1988, our group reported an in-house developed axenic culture medium, PEHPS [14].
Krassner, "A simple monophasic medium for axenic culture of hemoflagellates," Journal of Parasitology, vol.
[1] An exception to this is Malassezia pachydermatis which is able to survive in axenic culture without external lipid source.
After treatment of axenic culture of Giardia with different concentrations of kramecyne, trypan blue staining allowed counting cells and also determining the proportion of viable and nonviable cells; Figure 2 shows blue-stained cells, indicating that the membrane of a nonviable cell has been permeated and allowed to enter the dye; in addition the staining allows observing that trophozoites did not appear to undergo structural modification by action of kramecyne; trophozoites did not lose their size and shape and did not show damage in nucleus structure, although ultrastructural studies are necessary to determine damage in a more specific way.