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1. A cultural subgroup differentiated by status, ethnic background, residence, religion, or other factors that functionally unify the group and act collectively on each member.
2. One culture of microorganisms derived from another.
1. (Sociology) a subdivision of a national culture or an enclave within it with a distinct integrated network of behaviour, beliefs, and attitudes
2. (Microbiology) a culture of microorganisms derived from another culture
(Microbiology) (tr) to inoculate (bacteria from one culture medium) onto another medium
sub•cul•ture(n. ˈsʌbˌkʌl tʃər; v. sʌbˈkʌl tʃər)
n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
a. a group having social, economic, ethnic, or other traits distinctive enough to distinguish it from others within the same culture or society.
b. the cultural patterns distinctive of such a group.
2. a bacterial culture derived from a strain that has been recultivated on a different medium.v.t.
3. to cultivate (a bacterial strain) again on a different medium.
Past participle: subcultured
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|Noun||1.||subculture - a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns of behavior and beliefs|
social group - people sharing some social relation
culture, civilisation, civilization - a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"
suburbia - suburbanites considered as a cultural class or subculture
youth culture - young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
psychedelia - the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs