cul·​tured | \ ˈkəl-chərd How to pronounce cultured (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The results of the new University of Hong Kong study, which used cultured tissues from the upper respiratory tract and eyes, highlight the importance of washing hands frequently and avoiding touching or rubbing the eyes. oregonlive, "Coronavirus easily infects eyes and is ‘much more efficient’ than SARS, study finds, highlighting importance of not touching face," 8 May 2020 The inmates' detailed plan starts with daily reading, writing, and sword-fighting lessons, aimed at transforming Edmond into a cultured man. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Count Of Monte Cristo," 23 Mar. 2020 Consumers shouldn't be able to tell the difference between cultured and traditional meat, the company claims. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Memphis Meats raised $161 million to grow meat from cells," 22 Jan. 2020 In some cases, the findings come from experiments in cultured cells, which won't necessarily translate directly to using the drugs in sick humans. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "FDA now wants chloroquine limited to hospitals and clinical trials [UPDATED]," 24 Apr. 2020 McLellan’s team inserted those genes into cultured human embryonic kidney cells, which then produced those spike proteins. Sophia Chen, Wired, "To Beat Covid-19, Scientists Try to 'See' the Invisible Enemy," 8 Apr. 2020 The recipe is profligate with cultured butter and stingy with sugar. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "French as Apple Pie," 4 Mar. 2020 Branch chef Shoshannah Anderson has crafted a three-course prix fixe dinner with multiple meaty and vegetarian options, plus bread and cultured butter. Polly Campbell,, "Restaurant specials to make your Valentine's Day date special," 6 Feb. 2020 Some of the tissues sent to space will continue to be cultured on Earth for a week afterward in case any recovery efforts can be observed. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Beating heart cells catch a ride to the International Space Station," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cultured

circa 1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cultured was circa 1746

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20 May 2020

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“Cultured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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