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Anabolism
the sum total of all biosynthetic reactions in the cell.
Aseptic technique
the series of manipulations used to prevent contamination of sterile objects or microbial cultures during handling
Autotroph
an organism capable of biosynthesizing all cell material from CO2 as the sole carbon source
Catabolism
biochemical reactions leading to the production of usable energy (usually ATP) by the cell
Complex medium
a culture medium composed of digests of chemically undefined substances such as yeast and meat extracts
Culture medium
an aqueous solution of various nutrients suitable for the growth of microorganisms.
Defined medium
a culture medium whose precise chemical composition is known
Free Energy (G; Go')
energy available to do work; G^o' is free energy under standard conditions
Pure culture
a culture that contains a single kind of microorganism.
Siderophore
an iron chelator that can bind iron present at very low concentrations.