microbiology

noun

mi·​cro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌmī-krō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce microbiology (audio)
: a branch of biology dealing with microscopic forms of life
microbiological adjective
or less commonly microbiologic
microbiologically adverb
microbiologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, Robert Davey, a professor of microbiology at the laboratory who was not involved in the experiment, said mice aren’t particularly reliable animals to use in lab studies of the coronavirus. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2022 At Long Beach City College, Priscilla Bravo Arias, an assistant professor of microbiology, said online classes have enabled the college to reach students who might not otherwise enroll. Debbie Truongstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2022 In 1971, Garrett Hardin, who had a PhD from Stanford in microbiology, went further. WIRED, 26 Oct. 2022 Konrad worked as a nurse, studied genetics and microbiology at the Heidelberg University and became a Heidelberg scholar at the University of Kentucky. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 John Moore, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College, was critical of the announcement, calling it unhelpful. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 13 Oct. 2022 Researcher Donghoon Chung, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, is going to lead the team working on this project at one of the nine centers across the U.S. designated for this purpose. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2022 That was an important step toward testing the treatment in people, says Kamel Khalili, a professor of microbiology at Temple University who led the work and is a cofounder of Excision Biotherapeutics. WIRED, 5 Oct. 2022 The public has many more tools available than at the start of the pandemic and knows how to use them, said Andrew Pekosz, a virologist and professor and vice chair of Bloomberg school’s department of molecular microbiology and immunology. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microbiology was in 1880

Dictionary Entries Near microbiology

Cite this Entry

“Microbiology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microbiology. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

microbiology

noun

mi·​cro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌmī-krō-bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce microbiology (audio)
: a branch of biology concerned especially with microscopic forms of life (as bacteria, protozoans, and viruses)
microbiological adjective
also microbiologic
microbiologically adverb

Medical Definition

microbiology

noun

mi·​cro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌmī-krō-bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce microbiology (audio)
plural microbiologies
: a branch of biology dealing especially with microorganisms (as bacteria and protozoans)
microbiological adjective
also microbiologic
microbiological contamination
microbiological research
microbiologically adverb
microbiologically safe water

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