Part 1 - German terms with English translations.
Part 2 - English terms and abbreviations with explanations.
Part 3 - Important usage notes for Translators.
Microbiology, and bacteriology in particular, is indeed a biological science.
But because these microorganisms are so very small, and are usually observed
by biochemical and physical methods, terminology is not very well covered
by German-English biology dictionaries. On the other hand, because it
is a biological science, it is not very well covered by German-English
chemistry dictionaries, either.
In this glossary, I have attempted to present some microbiological (largely
bacteriological) terminology to fill the gap between biology and chemistry.
Because it is only an attempt to fill a gap, it does not approach complete
coverage, and other dictionaries (of chemistry, in particular) will still
be needed. The main body of the glossary lists German terms with (American)
English translations relevant to microbiology. The second part explains
some strictly English terms and abbreviations. Finally, there is a set
One special subject, genetic engineering, is not represented here. That
is partly because I have not worked in that field and am not particularly
familiar with its special terminology, and partly because many of the
terms are the same, or nearly so, in German and English. I thank Per Dohler,
who did essentially all the work on German grammar. Essentially the same
glossary appears on Per's web site, www.triacom.com.
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