microorganism

[mahy-kroh-awr-guh-niz-uh m]
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Origin of microorganism

First recorded in 1875–80; micro- + organism
Related formsmi·cro·or·gan·ic [mahy-kroh-awr-gan-ik] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ ɔrˈgæn ɪk/, mi·cro·or·gan·is·mal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for micro-organism

microorganism

noun
  1. any organism, such as a bacterium, protozoan, or virus, of microscopic size
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Word Origin and History for micro-organism
n.

also microorganism, 1855, from micro- + organism.

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micro-organism in Medicine

microorganism

[mī′krō-ôrgə-nĭz′əm]
n.
  1. An organism of microscopic or submicroscopic size, especially a bacterium or protozoan.
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micro-organism in Science

microorganism

[mī′krō-ôrgə-nĭz′əm]
  1. An organism that can be seen only with the aid of a microscope and that typically consists of only a single cell. Microorganisms include bacteria, protozoans, and certain algae and fungi. See Note at germ.
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