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germ theory

noun
1.
Pathology. the theory that infectious diseases are due to the agency of germs or microorganisms.
2.
Biology, biogenesis.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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Examples from the web for germ theory
  • It was with anthrax, in fact, that the germ theory of disease was firmly established.
  • Vaccines have done more to improve public health than probably any other medical advance aside from the germ theory itself.
  • The germ theory of disease dates to the mid-eighteen-hundreds.
  • The germ theory of disease was still a century away.
  • The germ theory of disease was still in dispute, and doctors used tainted hands and knives to excise tissue.
  • It is as factual an explanation of the universe as the atomic theory of matter or the germ theory of disease.
  • Until doctors understood germ theory, whatever solutions or treatments dreamed of were not curative.
British Dictionary definitions for germ theory

germ theory

noun
1.
the theory that all infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms
2.
the theory that living organisms develop from other living organisms by the growth and differentiation of germ cells
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germ theory in Medicine

germ theory n.
The doctrine holding that infectious diseases are caused by the activity of microorganisms within the body.

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