American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A minute life form; a microorganism, especially a bacterium that causes disease. Not in technical use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A minute living being not distinguished, primarily, as to its animal or vegetable nature. The term is most frequently applied to various microscopic plants or their spores (particularly Schizomycetes), and further has come to be almost synonymous with bacterium. Taken in this latter sense, microbes are regarded as essentially polymorphous organisms, adapting themselves to varied conditions of existence, which in turn influence the form taken by them. For this reason their classification has often varied, since their distinction into genera and species does not yet rest on precise data. Micrococcus, Spirochæte, Bacillus, Leptothrix, Bacterium, Vibrio, Spirillum, and Myconostoc are the genera or form-genera under which most of the forms are known. They are instrumental in the production of fermentation, decay, and many of the infectious diseases affecting man and the lower animals.
- n. microbiology Any microorganism, but specially said of those microorganisms which are harmful types of bacteria.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) A microscopic organism; a microorganism; -- particularly applied to bacteria and especially to pathogenic forms.
- n. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
- From Ancient Greek μικρός (mikros, "small") and βίος (bios, "life"). (Wiktionary)
- French : Greek mīkro-, micro- + Greek bios, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[Footnote: The term microbe is simply a word which has been coined to include all of the microscopic plants commonly included under the terms bacteria and yeasts.] has developed with a marvellous rapidity.”
“In its most general sense, the term microbe designates certain colorless algæ belonging to the family Bacteriaceæ, the principal forms of which are known under the name of _Micrococcus.”
“Obviously, your goal as a microbe is to grow and survive.”
“How do you go about deciding which microbe is the most important?”
“I think that microbe is so cute (something you never think you'd hear yourself say)!”
“This month's issue of the always-excellent Smithsonian magazine has a long feature about the history and influence of the Dada art movement, described by artist Tristan Tzara as a "virgin microbe" that spread around the pre-World War I world leaving mind-blowing artifacts of absurdity in its wake.”
“The ethanol toxicity posed another problem, but through the optimization of an existing efflux pump the microbe was able to protect itself.”
“I am SHOCKED that you did not mention that the microbe was a CCC!”
““He is known as a microbe in society, and he should be cut off and removed from the rest of Muslim society and should be killed,” Wasi told the court.”
“But the important part to take away from this is that there are 18 different ways that a microbe can use single point mutations and selection to develop a drug resistance 5 orders of magnitude higher than it started with, each step along the way being beneficial to the microbe, that is.”
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