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germ theory

noun
  1. Pathology. the theory that infectious diseases are due to the agency of germs or microorganisms.
  2. Biology. biogenesis.
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Origin of germ theory

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples

  • The Aryan germ-theory has, however, the merit of explaining resemblances between many myths of different Aryan nations.

    The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)

    Charles Mills Gayley


British Dictionary definitions for germ theory

germ theory

noun
  1. the theory that all infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms
  2. the theory that living organisms develop from other living organisms by the growth and differentiation of germ cells
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germ theory in Medicine

germ theory

n.
  1. The doctrine holding that infectious diseases are caused by the activity of microorganisms within the body.
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