EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a microorganism, especially a pathogenic bacterium. Origin of microbe 1880–85;
Greek mīkro- micro-
Related forms mi·crobe·less, adjective mi·cro·bi·al, mi·cro·bic, mi·cro·bi·an, adjective non·mi·cro·bic, adjective un·mi·cro·bi·al, adjective un·mi·cro·bic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for microbial Contemporary Examples of microbial
microbial systems in the Pilbara, you can see these things in the field and under the microscope.
Particular scientific interest has been focused on bacterial (and other
microbial) diversity in our intestines.
My research forced me to look at human societies from a
microbial point of view, and they looked remarkably fragile. Historical Examples of microbial British Dictionary definitions for microbial noun any microscopic organism, esp a disease-causing bacterium Derived Forms microbial, microbic or rare microbian, adjective Word Origin for microbe
C19: from French, from
micro- + Greek bios life
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Word Origin and History for microbial adj.
1879, from Modern Latin
microbion (see microbe) + -al (1). n.
popular name for a bacterium, 1878, from French
microbe, "badly coined ... by Sédillot" [Weekley] in 1878 from Greek mikros "small" (see mica) + bios "life" (see bio-). It is an incorrect use of bios; in Greek the word would mean literally "short-lived."
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n. A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease; a minute life form. No longer in technical use. Related forms mi•cro ( ′bi•al mī-krō) ′bē-əl adj.
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A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. See Note at germ.
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