variants or less commonly germfree
: free of microorganisms : axenic

Examples of germ-free in a Sentence

had to prepare the microscope slides in an isolated and germfree environment

Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of germ-free was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Germ-free.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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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