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culture hero

A person, either real or mythical, who embodies or is seen as the foundation of the cultural values or achievements of a society, group of people, or period of time. Karl Marx became both a villain to those opposed to Communist ideology and a culture hero for those who embraced the ideals of Socialism. Mythical figures such as Cúchulainn and historical figures like Brian Boru have long been held as culture heroes in Ireland.
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culture shock

A sudden feeling of confusion or surprise when confronted by an unfamiliar situation or cultural environment. It is often a huge culture shock for American women traveling to the Middle East when they are expected to wear head scarves and be accompanied by a man at all times.
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culture vulture

Someone who has an avid interest in the arts. Helen is quite the culture vulture. She attends the theater at least once a month.
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culture vulture

someone whom one considers to be excessively interested in the (classical) arts. She won't go to a funny film. She's a real culture vulture. They watch only highbrow television. They're culture vultures.
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a culture shock

feelings of being confused or surprised that you have when you are in a country or social group that is very different from your own The first time she went to Japan, Isabel got a huge culture shock.
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a culture vulture

someone who is very keen to see and experience art, theatre, literature, music etc. She's a bit of a culture vulture. She'll only visit places that have at least one art gallery.
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culture shock

A state of confusion and anxiety experienced by someone upon encountering an alien environment. For example, It's not just jet lag-it's the culture shock of being in a new country. This term was first used by social scientists to describe, for example, the experience of a person moving from the country to a big city. It is now used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1930s]
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culture vulture

An individual with a consuming or excessive interest in the arts. For example, A relentless culture vulture, she dragged her children to every museum in town. This slangy term may have been originated by Ogden Nash, who wrote: "There is a vulture Who circles above The carcass of culture" ( Free Wheeling, 1931). [1940s]
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1. n. an avid supporter of the arts. Many culture-vultures seem to be long on enthusiasm and short on taste.
2. n. someone who exploits the arts for monetary gain. Some culture-vultures are throwing a wine and cheese party on behalf of some of the young dolts they have grubstaked.
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Freeze-fracture analysis disclosed the presence of both gap junctions and tight-junction sealing strands in the UROtsa cells cultured on serum-free growth medium (Figure 3 A,B,C).
A comparison of the ultrastructural morphology of the cells with that of in situ urothelium suggested that the cultured cells were similar in differentiation to the intermediate layer of the bladder uroepithelium (31-33).
Specifically, expression of the MT-1E, MT-IX, and MT-2A genes and MT-1 and 2 proteins were found in both the cultured cells and in situ urothelium (7,8).
Moreover, he says, the cultured cells may someday preclude the need for human fetal cells in experimental treatments for neurological disorders.
Although the cultured neurons maintained by the Hopkins team do not secrete dopamine -- the neurotransmitter lacking in Parkinson's patients -- Snyder says scientists could almost certainly genetically engineer them to do so.
When cultured without supplementation, all SCVs were nonpigmented and [ILLEGIBLE TEXT] Supplementation with hemin, thymidine, or menadione identified two SCVs [ILLEGIBLE TEXT] thymidine auxotrophy and a combined thymidine and menadione auxotrophy, [ILLEGIBLE TEXT] SCVs were stable on repeated subculturing.
Gentamicin-resistant and hemin auxotrophic Staphylococcus aureus persist within cultured end Infect Dis 1994;170:1033-7.
Expandable human neural progenitor cells have been generated from the embryonic forebrain, and cultured in serum-free growth factor-containing medium, for over one year, with repeated passaging every 7-14 days.
Human neural progenitor cells can be generated from the embryonic forebrain, and cultured in growth factor-containing medium, for over one year, with repeated passaging every 7-14 days.
There is a growing body of data showing that rodent neural progenitor/stem cells from different anatomical regions of the embryonic central nervous system (CNS) can be cultured for long periods (months) while maintaining multipotency.
OTC BB:PURL), one of the world's largest suppliers of freshwater, cultured, and South Sea pearls, last week announced higher than expected first quarter earnings.
The increase in sales was attributed to higher volumes of cultured pearls, partly offset by lower freshwater pearls sales.
The division specializes in the development and marketing of South Sea and Japanese cultured pearls.