The branch of biology that deals with microorganisms, especially their effects on man and other living organisms.

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  • Microbiology — Mi cro*bi*ol o*gy, n. [See {Microbe}; { logy}.] The branch of biology studying minute organisms, or microbes, such as the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa. {Mi cro*bi o*log ic*al}, a. {Mi cro*bi*ol o*gist}, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • microbiology — (n.) 1880, coined in English from MICRO (Cf. micro ) + BIOLOGY (Cf. biology). Related: Microbiological …   Etymology dictionary

  • microbiology — ► NOUN ▪ the scientific study of micro organisms …   English terms dictionary

  • microbiology — [mī΄krō bī äl′ə jē] n. the branch of biology that deals with microorganisms microbiological [mī΄krō bīə läj′i kəl] adj. microbiologic microbiologist n …   English World dictionary

  • Microbiology — An agar plate streaked with microorganisms …   Wikipedia

  • microbiology — microbiological /muy kroh buy euh loj i keuhl/, microbiologic, adj. microbiologically, adv. microbiologist, n. /muy kroh buy ol euh jee/, n. the branch of biology dealing with the structure, function, uses, and modes of existence of microscopic… …   Universalium

  • microbiology — [[t]ma͟ɪkroʊbaiɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Microbiology is the branch of biology which is concerned with very small living things such as bacteria and their effects on people. ...a professor of microbiology and immunology. Derived words: microbiologist …   English dictionary

  • microbiology — The science concerned with microorganisms, including fungi, protozoa, bacteria, and viruses. [Fr. microbiologie] * * * mi·cro·bi·ol·o·gy .mī krō bī äl ə jē n, pl gies a branch of biology dealing esp. with microscopic forms of life (as bacteria,… …   Medical dictionary

  • microbiology — mi|cro|bi|ol|o|gy [ ,maıkroubaı alədʒi ] noun uncount the science that deals with very small living things. Someone who studies microbiology is called a microbiologist. ╾ mi|cro|bi|o|log|i|cal [ ,maıkrou,baıə ladʒıkl ] adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • microbiology — n. the science of microorganisms. Microbiology in relation to medicine is concerned mainly with the isolation and identification of the microorganisms that cause disease. Derivatives: microbiological adj. microbiologist n …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • microbiology — UK [ˌmaɪkrəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ] / US [ˌmaɪkroʊbaɪˈɑlədʒɪ] noun [uncountable] the science that deals with very small living things. Someone who studies microbiology is called a microbiologist. Derived word: microbiological UK [ˌmaɪkrəʊˌbaɪəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l] /… …   English dictionary

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