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Pronunciation: kul'chur


  1. The propagation of microorganisms on or in media of various kinds.
  2. A mass of microorganisms on or in a medium.
  3. The propagation of mammalian cells, cell culture.
  4. A set of beliefs, values, artistic, historical, and religious characteristics, and customs common to a community or nation.

Synonym(s): cultivation

[L. cultura, tillage, fr. colo, pp. cultus, to till]

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