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"Microbe" is a generic term used to describe microscopic organisms, including viruses, protozoa (amoebae) and bacteria. It's a bit like using the word "germ" to describe infectious diseases.Viruses, on the other hand, are distinct entities. They are small obligate intracellular parasites which lack the ability to reproduce without the help of a plant, animal or bacterial cell. In essence, viruses are just infectious packets of genes which hijack cells and turn them into virus factories.Chris"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" - Groucho Marx