mi·​cro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmī-krō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce microbiology (audio) \

Definition of microbiology

: a branch of biology dealing with microscopic forms of life

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Other Words from microbiology

microbiological \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce microbiological (audio) \ or less commonly microbiologic \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce microbiologic (audio) \ adjective
microbiologically \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce microbiologically (audio) \ adverb
microbiologist \ ˌmī-​krō-​bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce microbiologist (audio) \ noun

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Richard Bowman, a doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Iowa, helped in the process, injecting a nutrient solution into the ceramics, which reawakened dormant yeasts. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Bread Was Made Using 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Yeast," 8 Aug. 2019 That there could be individual winners at all is a notion that has shaken the foundations of microbiology in recent years. Quanta Magazine, "Bacterial Clones Show Surprising Individuality," 4 Sep. 2019 To measure those antibodies, the blood samples were sent to the lab of Florian Krammer, a study co-author who is a professor in the department of microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "New Finding Advances the Search for a Universal Flu Vaccine," 3 June 2019 Manthe, who has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a brewing degree from Berlin, grows wild strains of yeast and bacteria that he later ages in French-oak and cabernet barrels. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida breweries Barrel of Monks, Odd Breed partner up to make wild beer science," 30 July 2019 Hired in December of 2018, the former San Diego brewer has a doctorate in microbiology and worked for a decade in biotech. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Experimentation, education served up in style at Labrewatory: Portland Breweries Series," 7 Aug. 2019 Van Leeuwenhoek, aka the father of microbiology, glimpsed a world in the 17th century that photographer-scientist Martin Oeggerli explores today in far greater detail. Rob Dunn, National Geographic, "Microscopic images reveal how herbs get their flavor," 1 Aug. 2019 That means a good mulching with a brown mulch to provide the right environment for the correct microbiology. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year’s garden did great. This year, it did nothing. What went wrong?," 1 Aug. 2019 Lathem, once a respected associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern, and Warren, who at that point worked at Oxford University, surrendered to authorities in California just days later. Washington Post, "State becomes first to ban declawing of cats," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of microbiology

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microbiology was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of microbiology

: a science that studies extremely small forms of life (such as bacteria and viruses)


mi·​cro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmī-krō-bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce microbiology (audio) \
plural microbiologies

Medical Definition of microbiology

: a branch of biology dealing especially with microorganisms (as bacteria and protozoans)

Other Words from microbiology

microbiological \ ˈmī-​krō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce microbiological (audio) \ also microbiologic \ -​ˈläj-​ik How to pronounce microbiologic (audio) \ adjective
microbiological contamination microbiological research
microbiologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce microbiologically (audio) \ adverb
microbiologically safe water

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