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Disease AssociationPlay
Often used when talking about illnesses caused by invisible organisms. SlideWashing hands removes harmful microbes to prevent sickness.
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Commonly found in health and science discussions, less so in everyday conversation. SlideThe lab focuses on microbe research to develop new vaccines.
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The term itself is neither negative nor positive; context shows if the microbe is harmful or helpful. SlideCertain microbes can improve our immune system.