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microbiology

[mahy-kroh-bahy-ol-uh-jee]
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noun
  1. the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic organisms.

Origin of microbiology

First recorded in 1885–90; micro- + biology
Related formsmi·cro·bi·o·log·i·cal [mahy-kroh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, mi·cro·bi·o·log·ic, adjectivemi·cro·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbmi·cro·bi·ol·o·gist, noun
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  • In fact, I am assured that nothing exists which gives anything like so full a study of microbiology.


British Dictionary definitions for microbiology

microbiology

noun
  1. the branch of biology involving the study of microorganisms
Derived Formsmicrobiological (ˌmaɪkrəʊˌbaɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or microbiologic, adjectivemicrobiologically, adverbmicrobiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for microbiology

n.

1880, coined in English from micro- + biology. Related: Microbiological.

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microbiology in Medicine

microbiology

(mī′krō-bī-ŏlə-jē)
n.
  1. The branch of biology that deals with microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms.
Related formsmi′cro•bi′o•logic (-ə-lŏgĭk) adj.mi′cro•bi•olo•gist n.
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microbiology in Science

microbiology

[mī′krō-bī-ŏlə-jē]
  1. The scientific study of microorganisms.
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