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

Examples of microbiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eunice wonders if Christine would have followed in her mother’s footsteps and pursued microbiology, or sales like her father, or something else entirely. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 Cooper teaches microbiology at Youngstown State in Ohio. New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Manal Mohammed is a lecturer of medical microbiology at the University of Westminster. Manal Mohammed, CNN, 30 July 2021 Bachman's overall grade point average at Miami was 3.31 as a pre-med microbiology major with a minor in premedical studies. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 12 July 2021 Bill uses humor and pop culture to explain microbiology and epigenetics. Sarah Mupo, STAT, 7 July 2021 Her education in microbiology and business followed by a decade long experience in healthcare startups both sensitized her to the problem of high costs of medicines and got her enthusiastic about heath tech. Aayushi Pratap, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The microbiology toolbox includes techniques to induce mutations in viruses that give the microbes new powers. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 14 June 2021 However, Kartik Chandran, an environmental microbiology researcher at Columbia University, says to take Pivet's lab results with a grain of salt. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of microbiology

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for microbiology

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“Microbiology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microbiology. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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

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