from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The culture of micro-organisms, especially bacteria, in a thin, uniform layer of gelatin spread upon a glass plate.
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-- A plate-culture of a bacillus which had been exposed for a period of four hours behind a zinc stencil-plate, in which the letters C and B were cut.
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