anaerobic culture

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anaerobic culture

The culturing of bacteria that grow optimally without or with minimal ambient O2.


1. the propagation of microorganisms or of living tissue cells in special media conducive to their growth.
2. to induce such propagation.
3. the product of such propagation.

anaerobic culture
one carried out in the absence of air.
continuous flow culture
the cultivation of bacteria in a continuous flow of fresh medium to maintain bacterial growth in logarithmic phase.
explant culture
a small piece of tissue such as trachea or gut maintained in culture.
hanging-drop culture
a culture in which the material to be cultivated is inoculated into a drop of fluid attached to a coverglass inverted over a hollow slide.
primary culture
a cell or tissue culture started from material taken directly from an organism. Subsequent passages of cells are referred to as secondary cultures.
secondary culture
a subculture derived from a primary culture.
slant culture
one made on the surface of solidified medium in a tube which has been tilted when the agar was solidifying to provide a greater surface area for growth.
stab culture
a culture into which the organisms are introduced by thrusting a needle deep into the medium.
streak culture
one in which the medium is inoculated by drawing an infected wire loop across it.
suspension culture
a culture in which cells multiply while suspended in a suitable liquid medium.
tissue culture
the maintaining or growing of tissue, organ primordia, or the whole or part of an organ in vitro so as to preserve its architecture and function. Used loosely to refer to monolayer cell cultures. See explant culture (above).
type culture
a culture of a species of microorganism usually maintained in a central reference collection of type or standard organisms.
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One of the most important requisites for anaerobic culture is the use of pre-reduced media.
Anaerobic culture was done in 14 cases out of which 6 cases came out to be positive.
fortuitum group was reported by Vinh et al (10) In our study, all 18 cases with postoperative Surgical Site Infection [SSI] had a sterile aerobic and anaerobic cultures.
The results indicate that aerobic and anaerobic cultures were positive significantly more often from nasal flush samples than from tissue biopsy samples.
Anaerobic cultures were considered positive when the abundance or diversity of the bacterial culture was increased under anaerobic conditions.
Owing to improvements in our ability to obtain and preserve anaerobic cultures, an increasing number of anaerobic bacteria have been isolated from PTA cultures, including Bacteroides fragilis and Bacteroides melaninogenicus, a common oral anaerobe.