cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd \

Definition of cultured

2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured viruses cultured pearls

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Examples of cultured in a Sentence

the most highly cultured period of the country's long history

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Try cultured forms of legumes, like firm tofu or tempeh, instead. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Sabyasachi also designed the jewelry for Chopra's look, using uncut diamonds, emeralds, and Japanese cultured pearls in 22 karat gold. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Dresses," 4 Dec. 2018 Feng Zhang, a scientist at the Broad Institute in Boston, co-authored a paper in Science in February 2013 showing that CRISPR/Cas9 could be used to edit the genomes of cultured mouse cells or human cells. Brad Plumer, Vox, "A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade," 23 July 2018 From Paris to the World Denver Art Museum Through March 3, 2019 Femininity cosseted in classicism, ardently cultured; marketing and licensing newly and aggressively global—in Dior’s hands the couture house was suddenly an expression of empire. WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 Elsewhere, De Castellane’s asymmetry is more obvious: Her new Dior Dior Dior collection includes some of her boldest earrings yet, like the cultured pearl set with one white gold earring and one yellow gold earring. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Victoire de Castellane Reflects on 20 Years as Dior’s Creative Director of Fine Jewelry," 29 Oct. 2018 For the cultured cells, exposure to e-cigarette vapor induced many of the same changes in lung macrophages that have been seen in cigarette smokers and patients with COPD, the researchers note. Fox News, "E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells," 15 Aug. 2018 The proteins released by the cultured cells are what’s used today by NeoCutis. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 Aside from sparing animals from slaughter, advocates say, cultured meat would require less energy, take up less land, and release less methane and other greenhouse gases than conventional meat production. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "As lab-grown meat advances, U.S. lawmakers call for regulation," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of cultured

circa 1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cultured

: having or showing good education, tastes, and manners

: grown or made under controlled conditions


cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd\

Kids Definition of cultured

1 : having or showing refinement in taste, speech, or manners
2 : produced under artificial conditions cultured pearls

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