a microorganism, especially a pathogenic bacterium.
Origin of microbe
1880–85;Related formsmi·crobe·less, adjectivemi·cro·bi·al, mi·cro·bic, mi·cro·bi·an, adjectivenon·mi·cro·bic, adjectiveun·mi·cro·bi·al, adjectiveun·mi·cro·bic, adjective
< Greek mīkro- micro-
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Related Words for microbicprecise
Examples from the Web for microbic
Historical Examples of microbic
I've seen cases of it, and not necessarily in microbic diseases either.
(c) But besides violent death and microbic (or parasitic) death, there is natural death.
These results are far from constituting evidence in favor of the microbic origin of scurvy.
Renal disturbance is often the result of the excretion of microbic poisons.
Also, remembering the microbic origin of the disease, gargling and nasal syringing should be repeated at intervals.
British Dictionary definitions for microbic
Derived Formsmicrobial, microbic or rare microbian, adjective
any microscopic organism, esp a disease-causing bacterium
Word Origin for microbe
C19: from French, from micro- + Greek bios life
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Word Origin and History for microbic
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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Related formsmi•cro′bi•al (mī-krō′bē-əl) adj.
A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease; a minute life form. No longer in technical use.
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A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. See Note at germ.
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