microbiology

[mahy-kroh-bahy-ol-uh-jee]
noun
the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic organisms.

Origin:
1885–90; micro- + biology

microbiological [mahy-kroh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuhl] , microbiologic, adjective
microbiologically, adverb
microbiologist, noun
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microbiology (ˌmaɪkrəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the branch of biology involving the study of microorganisms
 
microbiological
 
adj
 
microbio'logic
 
adj
 
microbio'logically
 
adv
 
microbi'ologist
 
n

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Word Origin & History

microbiology
1885 (implied in microbiologist), coined in Eng. from micro- + biology.
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Medical Dictionary

microbiology mi·cro·bi·ol·o·gy (mī'krō-bī-ŏl'ə-jē)
n.
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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Science Dictionary
microbiology   (mī'krō-bī-ŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of microorganisms.
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Example sentences
His research became the basis for the new field of microbiology.
Included among the fundamentals are in-depth overviews of microbiology and food
  safety, even nutrition and health issues.
It is the smell of an unfolding revolution in microbiology.
Academic careers have been built on studying the microbiology of bites.
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