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Microbe

Definition
noun: microbes
Any of the microorganisms, especially those causing diseases or infections
Supplement
The term microbe was coined to refer collectively to the microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. However, the term is used commonly to denote to any of the bacteria that are harmful, pathogenic.
Word origin: Greek mīkro– (small)- + bíos (life)
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