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microbe
used in Turtles All the Way Down

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Definition
a living organism such as a bacterium, or virus that is so small, it can be seen only with a microscope
  • By cell count, humans are approximately 50 percent microbial, meaning that about half of the cells that make you up are not yours at all.
    p. 3.6
microbial = relating to living organisms so small a microscope is needed to view them
  • There are something like a thousand times more microbes living in my particular biome than there are human beings on earth, and it often seems like I can feel them living and breeding and dying in and on me.
    p. 3.7
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • I could half hear Mychal telling Daisy about his new art project, in which he was using Photoshop to average the faces of a hundred people named Mychal, and the average of their faces would be this new, one-hundred-and-first Mychal, which was an interesting idea, and I wanted to listen, but the cafeteria was so loud, and I couldn't stop wondering whether there was something wrong with the microbial balance of power inside me.
    p. 4.7
  • microbial = relating to living organisms so small a microscope is needed to view them
  • I told myself to be in this moment, to let myself feel his warmth on my skin, but now his tongue was on my neck, wet and alive and microbial, and his hand was sneaking under my jacket, his cold fingers against my bare skin.
    p. 152.8
  • microbial = relating to living organisms so small a microscope is needed to view them
  • check to see if his microbes stay in you billions of people kiss and don't die
    p. 152.9
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • billions of people kiss and don't die just make sure his microbes aren't going to permanently colonize you
    p. 153.0
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • Around eighty million microbes are exchanged on average per kiss, and "after six-month follow-up, human gut microbiomes appear to be modestly but consistently altered."
    p. 153.5
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • Like, his tongue will sort of always be in my mouth until I'm dead, and then his tongue microbes will eat my corpse.
    p. 164.3
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • I was worried about microbial exchange.
    p. 164.6
  • microbial = relating to living organisms so small a microscope is needed to view them
  • Well, your worry expressed itself as being about microbial exchange.
    p. 164.6
  • microbial = relating to living organisms so small a microscope is needed to view them
  • I told Daisy about the texting and the kissing and the eighty million microbes.
    p. 172.2
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • On the other hand, maybe his microbes are better than yours, right?
    p. 172.4
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • Maybe you're gonna get superpowers from his microbes.
    p. 172.6
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • MICROBIANCA, Queen of the Microbes.
    p. 172.7
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • Instead, I ended up on Wikipedia, reading about fan fiction and Star Wars, and then I found myself reading the same old articles about the human microbiota and studies of how people's microbial makeup had shaped and, in some cases, killed them.
    p. 209.5
  • microbial = relating to living organisms so small a microscope is needed to view them
  • I could feel her breath on me that night as she slept, her lips parted, smudged eyes closed, the microbes from her lungs floating across my cheek.
    p. 224.3
  • microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
  • Davis's microbe-soaked tongue on your neck.
    p. 226.0
  • microbe = a living organisms so small it can only be seen with a microscope
  • But it's not even about dying, really—like, if I knew I was dying, and I kissed you good-bye, literally my last thought wouldn't be about the fact that I was dying; it would be about the eighty million microbes that we'd just exchanged.
    p. 253.2
microbes = living organisms so small they can only be seen with a microscope
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