variants or less commonly germfree
: free of microorganisms : axenic

Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of germ-free was in 1877

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“Germ-free.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


germ·​free ˈjərm-ˌfrē How to pronounce germfree (audio)
: free of germs

Medical Definition


variants or germfree
: free of microorganisms : axenic
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