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microbe

[ mahy-krohb ]
/ ˈmaɪ kroʊb /
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noun
a microorganism, especially a pathogenic bacterium.
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Origin of microbe

1880–85; <French <Greek mīkro-micro- + bíos life

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British Dictionary definitions for microbe

microbe
/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊb) /

noun
any microscopic organism, esp a disease-causing bacterium

Derived forms of microbe

microbial, microbic or rare microbian, adjective

Word Origin for microbe

C19: from French, from micro- + Greek bios life
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Medical definitions for microbe

microbe
[ mīkrōb′ ]

n.
A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease; a minute life form. No longer in technical use.

Other words from microbe

mi•crobi•al (mī-krōbē-əl) adj.
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Scientific definitions for microbe

microbe
[ mīkrōb′ ]

A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. See Note at germ.
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