germ theory



Pathology. the theory that infectious diseases are due to the agency of germs or microorganisms.
Biology. biogenesis.

Nearby words

  1. germ cell,
  2. germ layer,
  3. germ line,
  4. germ membrane,
  5. germ plasm,
  6. germ tube,
  7. germ warfare,
  8. germain,
  9. germain, sophie,
  10. germaine

Origin of germ theory

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for germ theory

germ theory


the theory that all infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms
the theory that living organisms develop from other living organisms by the growth and differentiation of germ cells
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Medicine definitions for germ theory

germ theory


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

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