One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a culture that is free from living organisms other than the species required.
- ‘Tips of generative shoots excised from flowering beets were the explants used to initiate axenic shoot cultures.’
- ‘Proteinaceous matter released during the growth of an axenic diatom culture contains similar amino acid distributions across size fractions as in Delaware Bay samples.’
- ‘Primary sporocysts were obtained after overnight axenic culture of miracidia as described.’
- ‘Experiments that showed a PPFM strain could stimulate growth and development of a leafy liverwort in axenic culture were reported some time ago.’
- ‘Duckweeds also have the advantage that they may be grown in axenic cultures, reproducing vegetatively.’
1940s: from a- ‘not’ + Greek xenikos ‘alien, strange’ + -ic.
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