Term: microorganisms (microbes)(plural)
Literally meaning: “A small individual form of life”
Origin: Anc Greek
όργανον/organon(=instrument, tool, organ) > έργον/ergon(=work, labour)
+ισμός/ismos(=ism, suffix meaning action or state) a state of a group of organs
The Dutch textile merchant Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek (1632 – 1723) is considered to be the father of microbiology because of his observations using single-lens microscopy. He observed many microorganisms such as bacteria and
Gest h, The discovery of microorganisms by Robert Hooke and Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek, fellows of the Royal Society. Notes Rec R Soc Lond 2004 May;58(2):187-201.
Microorganism is any living organism, usually unicellular, that can only be seen microscopically.