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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.
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(Microbiology) (of a biological culture or culture medium) free from other microorganisms; uncontaminated
[C20: see a-1, xeno-, -ic]
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a•xen•ic(eɪˈzɛn ɪk, eɪˈzi nɪk)
1. (of an experimental animal) raised under sterile conditions; germfree.
2. (of a laboratory culture) uncontaminated.
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|Adj.||1.||axenic - (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 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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