coculture

noun

co·​cul·​ture ˌkō-ˈkəl-chər How to pronounce coculture (audio)
variants or co-culture
plural cocultures or co-cultures
: the act or process of culturing two types of cells or tissue in the same medium
a coculture of pancreatic tumor cells and fibroblasts
co-culture conditions/studies
coculture transitive verb
or co-culture
cocultured or co-cultured; coculturing or co-culturing
They encouraged the fusion of fibroblasts and embryonic stem cells by coculturing cells of both types in an agent that facilitates membrane fusion … Elizabeth G. Phimister

Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coculture was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Coculture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coculture. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

coculture

noun
co·​cul·​ture ˌkō-ˈkəl-chər How to pronounce coculture (audio)
variants or co-culture
: the act or process of growing two types of living material (such as cells) in prepared nutrient media
Although monotypic cell cultures are valuable in characterizing cell-specific responses to unconjugated bilirubin, they are less informative than coculture studies, which allow exploration of cell-cell interactions that are probably critical for tissue homeostasis and overall CNS function.Jon F. Watchko et al., The New England Journal of Medicine
coculture transitive verb
or co-culture
They encouraged the fusion of fibroblasts and embryonic stem cells by coculturing cells of both types in an agent that facilitates membrane fusion … Elizabeth G. Phimister, The New England Journal of Medicine
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