Definition of Germ theory

1. Noun. (medicine) the theory that all contagious diseases are caused by microorganisms.

Generic synonyms: Scientific Theory
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine



Medical Definition of Germ theory

1. The theory, now a doctrine, that infectious diseases are due to the presence and functional activity of microorganisms within the body. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Germ Theory

germ-free life
germ-line mutation
germ-plasm
germ cell tumour
germ cells
germ layer
germ layer theory
germ layers
germ line
germ line gene therapy
germ line transformation
germ nucleus
germ pore
germ theory (current term)
germ tube
germ tube test
germ warfare
germacrene
germain
germaine
germaines
germains
german
german measles
german measles immunization
german pancake
germanane
germanate

Literary usage of Germ theory

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1. Scientific Papers: Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology by Hippocrates, Ambroise Paré, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Pasteur, Charles Lyell (1910)
"... OF THE germ theory TO THE ETIOLOGY OF CERTAIN COMMON DISEASES' WHEN I began the studies now occupying my attention,2 I was attempting to extend the germ ..."

2. Scientific Papers; Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology by Hippocrates, Ambroise Paré, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur, Charles Lyell, Stephen Paget, Robert Willis, Frank Faulkner, David Constable Robb, Harold Clarence Ernst (1910)
"ON THE EXTENSION OF THE germ theory TO THE ETIOLOGY OF CERTAIN COMMON ... tion,3 I was attempting to extend the germ theory' * ' to certain common diseases. ..."

3. The Nineteenth Century (1884)
"IN a former article (November 1881) I set forth the ' germ-theory' of Zymotic diseases, as recently built up by micro-pathological study, on the basis of ..."

4. Essays on the Floating-matter of the Air in Relation to Putrefaction and by John Tyndall (1882)
"The germ theory applied to Surgery. Not only medical but still more especially surgical science is now seeking light and guidance from this germ theory. ..."

5. Household Bacteriology for Students in Domestic Sciences by Estelle Denis Buchanan, Robert Earle Buchanan (1913)
"germ theory of Fermentation and Decay. — After the discovery of microorganisms in many fermenting and decaying materials, the question naturally arose, ..."

6. Public Water-supplies: Requirements, Resources, and the Construction of Works by Frederick Eugene Turneaure, Harry Luman Russell, Daniel Webster Mead (1908)
"The germ theory of communicable diseases is now so definitely established that it is unnecessary to present proof in detail that the various maladies of ..."

7. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1878)
"To understand or appreciate arguments for or against the germ-theory of disease, ... Not only by Dr. Bastian, but by many others, the germ-theory of ..."

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