germ theory

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germ theory

[′jərm ‚thē·ə·rē]
(medicine)
The theory that contagious and infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms.
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Novy introduced to his fellow American scientists a new concept developed in the laboratories of Europe: the germ theory of disease.
Nearly 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu tested medical science's ability to respond to a deadly worldwide threat, with researchers in 1918 venturing beyond the germ theory of disease and postulating the then-novel existence of a virus as the cause of the infection.
The rise of modern sanitary systems following the discovery of the germ theory of disease, according to Melosi, relied on the systems derived in the earlier era.
The emergence of the specific germ theory of disease in the late nineteenth century led to a classification system based on etiology rather than symptomatology; infectious diseases were now defined by the presence of an invading organism.