• No, this isn't a collection of tubercular microbes
    No, this isn't a collection of tubercular microbes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n microbe a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 400 different kinds of microbes live on and in the human body.
    • n Microbe (Biol) A microscopic organism; a microorganism; -- particularly applied to bacteria and especially to pathogenic forms; as, the microbe of fowl cholera.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n microbe A minute living being not distinguished, primarily, as to its animal or vegetable nature. The term is most frequently applied to various microscopic plants or their spores (particularly Schizomycetes), and further has come to be almost synonymous with bacterium. Taken in this latter sense, microbes are regarded as essentially polymorphous organisms, adapting themselves to varied conditions of existence, which in turn influence the form taken by them. For this reason their classification has often varied, since their distinction into genera and species does not yet rest on precise data. Micrococcus, Spirochæte, Bacillus, Leptothrix, Bacterium, Vibrio, Spirillum, and Myconostoc are the genera or form-genera under which most of the forms are known. They are instrumental in the production of fermentation, decay, and many of the infectious diseases affecting man and the lower animals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Microbe mī′krōb a microscopic organism, esp. a bacterium, found wherever organic matter is in process of decomposition
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  • Hilaire Belloc
    “The microbe is so very small: You cannot take him out at all.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. microbion, fr. Gr. little + life
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Gr. mikros, small, bios, life.


In literature:

The military microbes must have lain thick in the khaki they handled.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The latter has now to fight with microbes, and other infinitely small things of the same nature.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
When we discover a microbe of that nature, we will be ready to act.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
The wars of the microbes and the wars of men are all of a piece in the total scheme of things.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Now why not get beyond microbes and reach the cause, even of them, the human mind itself?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
One of the new mates sang it, and called it the microbe song.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
But at last Dame Nature and the Scotch doctor conquered the microbes, and Mr Clinton became better.
"Orientations" by William Somerset Maugham
Look at the nonsense that's talked in other departments, about microbes, for instance.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
That is, it is sickness which passes from one person to another and is caused by tiny germs or microbes.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
By telescopic investigation Galileo discovered the presence of microbes in the moon, but was unable to do anything for it.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Cannot you comprehend that you are less to me than a microbe?
"The Reluctant Weapon" by Howard L. Myers
They were looking for spores and seeds and microbes.
"Stamped Caution" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Consider the small but efficient yellow-fever microbe.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
I was once with a gentleman who was very nervous about microbes.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
The toxin of this microbe produces a sort of asphyxiation, cutting off and eating up the supply of oxygen.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
From this epoch dates the discovery of the last microbes, which had not yet been analysed by the neo-Pasteurian school.
"Underground Man" by Gabriel Tarde
The very atmosphere seemed charged with a different ozone, filled with microbes impelling incessant activity.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
The microbe of automobilism has entered into my blood.
"The Lightning Conductor" by C. N. Williamson
Every breath carries in millions of microbes, many of which are assimilated.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
The water running in this drain came from a well in which I had detected the cholera microbe.
"Food Poisoning" by Edwin Oakes Jordan

In poetry:

He strews the microbes in the lung,
The blood-clot in the brain;
With test and test He picks the best,
Then test them once again.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
“I cannot cut my kin at will,
Or jilt the protoplastic germ;
I am sister to the microbe still,
And second-cousin to the worm!”
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
“And lo! I brand you on the brow
As kin to Nature’s lowest germ;
You are sister to the microbe now,
And second-cousin to the worm.”
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
A Microbe lingers in a Kiss, you say?
Yes, but he nibbles in a pleasant Way.
Rather than in the Cup and Telephone
Better to catch him Kissing and be gay.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
So am I now small change in Mamie's scorn,
A microbe's egg, or two-bits in a fog,
A first cornet that cannot toot a horn,
A Waterbury watch that's slipped a cog;
For when her make-up's twisted to a frown,
What can I but go 'way back and sit down?
"The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Microbe That Thrives in Salt Offers Platform for Salmonella Vaccine.
Successive awakening of soil microbes drives a huge pulse of CO2 following the first rain after a dry summer.
Microbes in dry lands awaken after rain showers, releasing pulses of carbon dioxide.
That's because microbes have a natural ability to mutate and become resistant to drugs.
No pathogenic microbes can grow in beer, so it does not need to be pasteurized to prevent illness and death.
0 A researcher shovels snow from the surface of a frozen tundra lake in search of frozen bubbles that indicate a seep of methane gas, which is created when microbes digest organic material contained in permafrost .
New Microbe Forms Living, Deep- Sea Power Cables.
Deep-sea microbes live life in the extremely slow lane .
Our bodies teeming with microbes, study finds.
The earth is teeming with microbes.
Scientists Find Ancient Microbes in Salty, Ice-Sealed Antarctic Lake.
Ancient microbes found in buried Antarctic lake.
Antarctica's Lake Vida and its microbes that thrive without sunlight offer a model for life on icy worlds elsewhere, biologists suggest in a new report.
Antarctic microbes thrive under lake ice.
Scientists looking at abundance of microbes in sediments under seafloor slash estimates.

In science:

These changes may happen in the somatic immune cells in order to adapt to a microbe attack or in the germline cells.
Nonlinear deterministic equations in biological evolution
Spec(A) is uniformizable) is classically called a microbial valuation ring, and a uniformizer π ∈ A is sometimes called a microbe.
Pr\"ufer algebraic spaces