Adjective "Microbe" definition and examples

(Microbe may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈmʌɪkrəʊb/

Definitions and examples

noun

A microorganism, especially a bacterium causing disease or fermentation.
  1. 'The approach starts with a weakened version of a microbe called an adenovirus.'
  2. 'Once the bacterium is within the macrophage, the macrophage's bactericidal mechanisms destroy the microbe.'
  3. 'E. coli is similar in size to the Legionnella pneumophila bacterium and so acted as a model microbe for their proof of principle experiments.'
  4. 'This method uses gene-altered microbes to rid the mouth of the bacteria that cause cavities.'
  5. 'Initially identified with herpes, the microbe is now thought to cause various malignant tumors as well as a form of lymphoma.'
  6. 'In this sense, Pasteur believed that microbes could spread diseases among humans.'
  7. 'These resistant microbes may include bacteria that were present from the start.'
  8. 'You have to have the microbe, the bacteria get into you somehow, either through the skin, through the stomach or breathe it in through the air.'
  9. 'A virus is a parasite, which needs a host cell to live in, and a microbe is a bacterium, which is a living cell in its own right.'
  10. 'They will tend to wipe out the entire population, which, unfortunately from the point of the microbe causing the disease, wipes the microbe out as well.'

More definitions

noun

1. a microorganism, especially a pathogenic bacterium.

Origin

(microbe)Late 19th century: from French, from Greek mikros ‘small’ + bios ‘life’.