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axenic Syllabification: a·xen·ic
Pronunciation: /āˈzēnik/ /āˈzen-/

Definition of axenic in English:


chiefly Botany
Of, relating to, or denoting a culture that is free from living organisms other than the species required.
Example sentences
  • Tips of generative shoots excised from flowering beets were the explants used to initiate axenic shoot cultures.
  • Duckweeds also have the advantage that they may be grown in axenic cultures, reproducing vegetatively.
  • Experiments that showed a PPFM strain could stimulate growth and development of a leafy liverwort in axenic culture were reported some time ago.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Cells were grown axenically in batch culture, in Bold's basal medium as described previously, under a constant light fluence.
  • The cells were fed with ciliates Tetrahymena pyriformis, which were axenically cultured in medium containing 1.0% proteose peptone supplemented with 0.1% yeast extract.
  • Rice plants were axenically grown in glass test tubes containing a strip of filter paper to support the seeds and filled with 15 ml of Long Ashton nutrient solution.


1940s: from a- 'not' + Greek xenikos 'alien, strange' + -ic.

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