the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic organisms.
Origin of microbiology
Related formsmi·cro·bi·o·log·i·cal [mahy-kroh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, mi·cro·bi·o·log·ic, adjectivemi·cro·bi·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbmi·cro·bi·ol·o·gist, noun
First recorded in 1885–90; micro-
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Contemporary Examples of microbiology
Eric Alm, a professor of microbiology at MIT, has an idea: use the sewers.
Go back to Adam and Eve, or wait for that thing to come out of the ocean, or do the microbiology thing.
My book has all these detours into microbiology and the science of flavor because truly amazing things are going on when you cook.
But other scientists counter that basic skills in microbiology and biotechnology can get you a bioweapon.
Historical Examples of microbiology
British Dictionary definitions for microbiology
Derived Formsmicrobiological (ˌmaɪkrəʊˌbaɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or microbiologic, adjectivemicrobiologically, adverbmicrobiologist, noun
the branch of biology involving the study of microorganisms
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Word Origin and History for microbiology
1880, coined in English from micro- + biology. Related: Microbiological.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Related formsmi′cro•bi′o•log′ic (-ə-lŏg′ĭk) adj.mi′cro•bi•ol′o•gist n.
The branch of biology that deals with microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms.
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The scientific study of microorganisms.
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