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[mahy-kroh-bahy-ol-uh-jee] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi/
the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic organisms.
Origin of microbiology
1885-90; micro- + biology
Related forms
[mahy-kroh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmaɪ kroʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
microbiologic, adjective
microbiologically, adverb
microbiologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for microbiology
  • His research became the basis for the new field of microbiology.
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  • It is the smell of an unfolding revolution in microbiology.
  • Academic careers have been built on studying the microbiology of bites.
  • His discoveries have implications for microbiology, archaeology-even astrophysics.
  • But their ability to discover and study these microbes was impaired because of primitive microbiology tools.
  • The successful candidate will teach in the life science curriculum with special emphasis in microbiology.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who also possess expertise in the field of microbiology.
  • microbiology, because you must isolate the bacteria or virus.
  • College studies were in chemistry and microbiology, environmental health, exercise physiology and human nutrition.
British Dictionary definitions for microbiology


the branch of biology involving the study of microorganisms
Derived Forms
microbiological (ˌmaɪkrəʊˌbaɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), microbiologic, adjective
microbiologically, adverb
microbiologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for microbiology

1880, coined in English from micro- + biology. Related: Microbiological.

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microbiology in Medicine

microbiology mi·cro·bi·ol·o·gy (mī'krō-bī-ŏl'ə-jē)
The branch of biology that deals with microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms.

mi'cro·bi'o·log'ic (-ə-lŏg'ĭk) adj.
mi'cro·bi·ol'o·gist n.
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microbiology in Science
The scientific study of microorganisms.
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