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fas·tid·i·ous

(fas-tid'ē-ŭs),
In bacteriology, having precise nutritional and environmental requirements.

fastidious

(fă-stĭd′ē-əs, fə-)
adj.
Microbiology Having complex nutritional requirements.

fas·tid′i·ous·ly adv.
fas·tid′i·ous·ness n.

fas·tid·i·ous

(fas-tid'ē-ŭs)
bacteriology Having complex and precise nutritional requirements.

fastidious

In microbiology, concerning an organism that has precise nutritional and environmental requirements for growth and survival.
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Perched on the rim of Michael's pannikin, this inconsiderable adventurer from out of the dark into the sun of life, a mere spark and mote between the darks, by a ruffing of his salmon-pink crest, a swift and enormous dilation of his bead-black pupils, and a raucous imperative cry, as of all the gods, in his throat, could make Michael give back and permit the fastidious selection of the choicest tidbits of his dish.
Let me confess, then, that I assumed the character of a fastidious angler, and managed to be a week in discovering the right place to fish in--always, it is unnecessary to say, under Alicia's guidance.
Too, she thought Pete to be a very fastidious person concerning the appearance of women.
A stage or two further on, the lamps were lighted, and a great to-do occasioned by the taking up, at a roadside inn, of a very fastidious lady with an infinite variety of cloaks and small parcels, who loudly lamented, for the behoof of the outsides, the non-arrival of her own carriage which was to have taken her on, and made the guard solemnly promise to stop every green chariot he saw coming; which, as it was a dark night and he was sitting with his face the other way, that officer undertook, with many fervent asseverations, to do.
In December one cannot afford to be fastidious; besides, one is actually less fastidious about everything in the winter.
Aye, I said, I knew all along that a fastidious gentleman like you would not be contented with the thoughts of other people about these matters.
As the story of 'Agnes Grey' was accused of extravagant over-colouring in those very parts that were carefully copied from the life, with a most scrupulous avoidance of all exaggeration, so, in the present work, I find myself censured for depicting CON AMORE, with 'a morbid love of the coarse, if not of the brutal,' those scenes which, I will venture to say, have not been more painful for the most fastidious of my critics to read than they were for me to describe.
I honour the refractory, fastidious tongues and stomachs, which have learned to say "I" and "Yea" and "Nay.
The appurtenances of the writing-tables, about which Alexey Alexandrovitch was himself very fastidious, were exceptionally good.
A fastidious film of dark beauty, it has the last great screen performance by Paul Newman.
Fastidious is happier when in front, while Sassaway is also more than content to tow them along.
A monitored report indicates that females still buy brand cosmetics worth as high as Rs 600, and despite a possible taxing of 15% - 20% in cosmetics, would be as much fastidious and energetic in buying them, since it is the lifeline of females.