noun \ˈmī-ˌkrōb\

: an extremely small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope

Full Definition of MICROBE

mi·cro·bi·al \mī-ˈkrō-bē-əl\ also mi·cro·bic \-bik\ adjective

Origin of MICROBE

International Scientific Vocabulary micr- + Greek bios life — more at quick
First Known Use: 1881


noun \ˈmī-ˌkrōb\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MICROBE

: microorganism, germ—used especially of pathogenic bacteria


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