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microbe

[ mahy-krohb ]SEE DEFINITION OF microbe

Synonyms for microbe

  • bacillus
  • bacterium
  • bug
  • germ
  • microorganism
  • pathogen
  • virus
  • crud
  • plague
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It is then said that the virulence of the microbe is attenuated.

When we discover a microbe of that nature, we will be ready to act.

It is caused by a microbe which has been recently discovered (Spirochæta pallida).

What is to determine whether you are on the side of the man or the microbe?

Why do we respect the opinions of any man or any microbe that ever lived?

It usually occurs about a wound, and is due to infection by this microbe.

Then with the Christian Science microbe in the house, there's no telling what may happen to you.

Kessler discovered the microbe required an intermediate host.

But I played football all through my college course and the microbe is still there.

Mr. Rudd said she had caught the microbe, and that she was a woman who lived only by half-hours.

WORD ORIGIN

popular name for a bacterium, 1878, from French microbe, "badly coined ... by Sédillot" [Weekley] in 1878 from Greek mikros "small" (see mica) + bios "life" (see bio-). It is an incorrect use of bios; in Greek the word would mean literally "short-lived."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MICROBE

bug

nounbacterium, microorganism
  • bacillus
  • disease
  • germ
  • infection
  • microbe
  • virus

germ

nounmicroscopic organism, often causing illness
  • antibody
  • bacterium
  • bug
  • disease
  • microbe
  • microorganism
  • parasite
  • pathogen
  • plague
  • virus
  • what's going around

germs

nounmicroscopic organism, often causing illness
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