Germ theory
Germ theory Germ theory 1. (Biol.) The theory that living organisms can be produced only by the development of living germs. Cf. {Biogenesis}, {Abiogenesis}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. (Med.) The theory which attributes contagious and infectious diseases, suppurative lesions, etc., to the agency of germs, i.e. pathogenic microorganisms. The science of bacteriology was developed after this theory had been established. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


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  • Germ theory — Germ Germ (j[ e]rm), n. [F. germe, fr. L. germen, germinis, sprout, but, germ. Cf. {Germen}, {Germane}.] 1. (Biol.) That which is to develop a new individual; as, the germ of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the earliest form under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • germ theory — n a theory in medicine: infections, contagious diseases, and various other conditions (as suppurative lesions) result from the action of microorganisms * * * the doctrine that infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms …   Medical dictionary

  • germ theory — n. the theory that diseases are transmitted by specific germs, or microorganisms, as has been proved for many infectious diseases …   English World dictionary

  • germ theory — noun (medicine) the theory that all contagious diseases are caused by microorganisms • Topics: ↑medicine, ↑medical specialty • Hypernyms: ↑scientific theory * * * noun : a theory in medicine: infections, conta …   Useful english dictionary

  • germ theory — 1. Pathol. the theory that infectious diseases are due to the agency of germs or microorganisms. 2. Biol. biogenesis. [1870 75] * * * Theory that certain diseases are caused by invasion of the body by microorganisms. Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister …   Universalium

  • germ theory — germ′ the ory n. 1) pat the theory that infectious diseases are due to the agency of germs or microorganisms 2) bio biogenesis • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • germ theory — /ˈdʒɜm θɪəri/ (say jerm thearree) noun 1. Biology the theory that living matter cannot be produced by evolution or development from non living matter, but is necessarily produced from germs or seeds; the doctrine of biogenesis. 2. Pathology the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • germ theory — noun Date: 1870 a theory in medicine: infections, contagious diseases, and various other conditions result from the action of microorganisms …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • GERM THEORY —    the doctrine that certain diseases are due to fermentation caused by the presence of germs in the system in the form of minute organisms called bacteria …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Germ theory of disease — The germ theory, also called the pathogenic theory of medicine, is a theory that proposes that microorganisms are the cause of many diseases. Although highly controversial when first proposed, it is now a cornerstone of modern medicine and… …   Wikipedia

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