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  • n  a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use

  • The new microbe, to which Chakrabarty gives the jawbreaking description "multi-plasmid hydrocarbon-degrading pseudomonas," can digest about two-thirds of the hydrocarbons .
  • The biggest known microbe is the bacillus btschlii (found in the cockroach), which may be 50 microns (one 500th of an inch) in length and about one-tenth as wide.
  • These forward thinkers are fighting for the environment one photo, one blouse and one microbe at a time 02092004 The Way You Move These pioneers are moving people and things in .

  • Sheik Alhilali in Sydney Morning Herald
    Anwar al-Awlaki is like a virus produced by the body wanting to fight a microbe,said Taj el-Din al-Hilaly, condemning the sermon, which was delivered at his mosque by phone link from Yemen.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in AFP
    World powers have created a black and dirty microbe named the Zionist regime and have unleashed it like a savage animal on the nations of the region,Ahmadinejad told a rally in the southern city of Bandar Abbas broadcast on state television.
  • David Nabarro in International Herald Tribune
    Illnesses that come from animals are one of the greatest threats to the survival of the human race that we know. We can't predict when a new microbe is going to come along, and we can't predict what form it will take,Nabarro said.

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