preculture (plural precultures)
- (biology) A preliminary culture; a culture prepared in advance of the main experiment
2008 December 5, Ulf Riebesell et al., “Comment on "Phytoplankton Calcification in a High-CO2 World"”, in Science, volume 322, number 5907:
- Second, some of the precultures used by Iglesias-Rodriguez et al., particularly those in high-CO2 treatments, may have experienced nutrient limitation at the time of transfer to the experimental flasks.
- (biology) To culture in advance, such as before the main phase of an experiment
2001, T.B. Darr & A. Hubel, “Postthaw Viability of Precultured Hepatocytes”, in Cryobiology, volume 42, number 1:
- For fresh, nonfrozen hepatocytes precultured for 24 h prior to being plated on collagen, the albumin secretion rate was 0.88 ± 0.62 mg/ml/h.