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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Recent Examples on the Web But around the same time at the HKU-Shenzhen hospital, where Dr. Yuen also heads the microbiology and infectious-disease department, six family members had returned to the southern Chinese city after a visit to Wuhan. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "‘Really Diabolical’: Inside the Coronavirus That Outsmarted Science," 7 Sep. 2020 Gyasi’s new novel tells the story of a Ghanaian family in the United States, narrated by the daughter, who is working on a doctorate in microbiology at Stanford and is looking back on the tragic death of her brother. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, "With an all-woman lineup, this year's Talking Volumes book series goes virtual," 30 Aug. 2020 So were horseback riding, swimming and microbiology, for that matter. Lindsey Bahr, chicagotribune.com, "Moana’s voice, Auliʻi Cravalho takes the next step," 27 Aug. 2020 Crisanti, head of the microbiology department at the University of Padua, already knew trouble was coming and had geared up his lab to do large-scale testing for the new coronavirus. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "How Italy’s ‘father of the swabs’ fought the coronavirus," 27 Aug. 2020 Laura Marinelli, PhD, is a phage scientist with expertise in microbiology and the skin microbiome, as well as the scientific advisor for Ellis Day Skin Science. Olivia Muenter, Allure, "Long-Term Effects of Microblading to Consider Before You Commit," 25 Aug. 2020 Small wonder he is widely considered to be the father of microbiology. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Human sperm swim more like otters than eels, study finds," 31 July 2020 Michael Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina tells Fast Company that if someone has the virus, a copper mask could help reduce the number of viral particles transmitted into the air. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Copper's Antimicrobial Properties Can Kill off the Virus Quickly, But Are Copper Face Masks Actually Worth It?," 2 June 2020 Keevil, a microbiology researcher at the University of Southampton (U.K.), has studied the antimicrobial effects of copper for more than two decades. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, "Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of microbiology

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Microbiology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microbiology. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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