Germ definition

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A microorganism, especially a pathogen.
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The earliest form of an organism; a seed, bud, or spore.
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Something that may serve as the basis of further growth or development.

The germ of a project.

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(biology) A small mass of protoplasm or cells from which a new organism or one of its parts may develop.
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Any microscopic organism, esp. one of the bacteria, that can cause disease.
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(biology) A small mass of protoplasm or cells from which a new organism or one of its parts may develop.
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The earliest form of an organism; a seed, bud, or spore.
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A microorganism, especially a pathogen.
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The rudimentary form from which a new organism is developed; seed; bud.
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That from which something can develop or grow; basis.

The germ of an idea.

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A microscopic organism or agent, especially one that is pathogenic, such as a bacterium or virus.
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(UK, derogatory) A German person.
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Abbreviation of German.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
germ
Plural:
germs

Origin of germ

  • Middle English bud from Old French germe from Latin germen genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition