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microbe

 [mi´krōb]
a microorganism, especially a pathogenic one such as a bacterium, protozoan, or fungus. adj., adj micro´bial, micro´bic.

mi·crobe

(mī'krōb),
Any minute organism. As originated, the word was intended as a collective term for the large variety of microorganisms then known in the 19th century; modern usage has retained the original collective meaning but expanded it to include both microscopic and ultramicroscopic organisms (spirochetes, bacteria, rickettsiae, and viruses). These organisms are considered to form a biologically distinctive group, in that the genetic material is not surrounded by a nuclear membrane, and mitosis does not occur during replication.
[Fr., fr. G. mikros, small, + bios, life]

microbe

(mī′krōb′)
n.
A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. Not in technical use.

mi·cro′bi·al (mī-krō′bē-əl), mi·cro′bic (-krō′bĭk) adj.

microbe

A microscopic living organism—e.g., bacterium, fungus, protozoan; microorganism.

microbe

 A teensy-weensy organism–eg, bacterium, fungus, protozoan; bug

mi·crobe

(mī'krōb)
Any minute organism, including both microscopic and ultramicroscopic organisms (spirochetes, bacteria, rickettsiae, and viruses). These organisms are considered to form a biologically distinctive group, in that the genetic material is not surrounded by a nuclear membrane and mitosis does not occur during replication.
[Fr., fr. G. mikros, small, + bios, life]

microbe

Any microscopic organism but especially a bacterium or virus capable of causing disease. The word is almost synonymous with, but slightly upmarket from, the term ‘germ’.

microbe

see MICROORGANISM.

microbe

Any very minute living organism, such as bacteria, protozoa, fungi or viruses.
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