microbic

microbe

[mahy-krohb]
noun
a microorganism, especially a pathogenic bacterium.

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

microbeless, adjective
microbial, microbic, microbian, adjective
nonmicrobic, adjective
unmicrobial, adjective
unmicrobic, adjective
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microbe (ˈmaɪkrəʊb)
 
n
any microscopic organism, esp a disease-causing bacterium
 
[C19: from French, from micro- + Greek bios life]
 
mi'crobial
 
adj
 
mi'crobic
 
adj
 
mi'crobian
 
adj

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microbe
popular name for a bacterium, 1868, from Fr. microbe, "badly coined ... by Sédillot" [Weekley] from Gk. mikros "small" + bios "life" (see bio-). Incorrect use of bios; in Gk. the word would mean lit. "short-lived."
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microbe mi·crobe (mī'krōb')
n.
A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease; a minute life form. No longer in technical use.


mi·cro'bi·al (mī-krō'bē-əl) adj.
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microbe   (mī'krōb')  Pronunciation Key 
A microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. See Note at germ.
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