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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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 Thomas Evans, a professor of molecular microbiology at the University of Glasgow, said in an email on Wednesday that the outbreak was unusual. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Rare Bacterial Infection Leaves at Least 12 Dead in U.K.," 26 June 2019 The molecular biologist was born in Oakland and received a doctorate in microbiology from UCLA and conducted research in developmental biology at UCSF between 1988 and 1993. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Greek man charged with murdering former Bay Area scientist in Crete," 16 July 2019 Jeff Weisburg, a specialist professor who teaches about microbiology, health and disease, said fall hurricanes usually produce the best waves of the year on the East Coast. Washington Post, "Testing shows these waves are sick, in totally the wrong way," 9 June 2019 The army recognized his degree in microbiology and he was assigned to a research lab at Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, Md. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/23," 21 June 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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