Definition of Germinal

1. Noun. Seventh month of the Revolutionary calendar (March and April); the month of buds.

Group relationships: Revolutionary Calendar
Generic synonyms: Revolutionary Calendar Month

2. Adjective. Containing seeds of later development. "Seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"
Exact synonyms: Originative, Seminal
Similar to: Original
Derivative terms: Germ, Originate

Definition of Germinal

1. a. Pertaining or belonging to a germ; as, the germinal vesicle.

2. n. The seventh month of the French republican calendar [1792 -- 1806]. It began March 21 and ended April 19. See VendÉmiaire.

3. a. Of or pertaining to the germ, or germ cells, as distinguished from the somatic cells.

Definition of Germinal

1. Proper noun. (historical) The seventh month of the w:French Republican Calendar French Republican Calendar, from March 20 or 21 to April 20 or 21. ¹

2. Adjective. Pertaining or belonging to a germ. ¹

3. Adjective. (figuratively) Of or pertaining to something very small, as small as a germ; pertaining to the essence of something. ¹

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Definition of Germinal

1. being in the earliest stage of development [adj]

Medical Definition of Germinal

1. Pertaining or belonging to a germ; as, the germinal vesicle. Germinal layers, the nucleus of the ovum of animals. See: Germ. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Germinal

germinal area
germinal cell
germinal centre
germinal centre kinase
germinal centre of Flemming
germinal disc
germinal discs
germinal disk
germinal disks
germinal epithelium
germinal localization

Literary usage of Germinal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Heredity and Environment in the Development of Men by Edwin Grant Conklin (1922)
"Germinal Continuity and Somatic Discontinuity.—Many ingenious hypotheses have been devised to explain things which are not real, and this is one of them. ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1901)
"The Theory of' Germinal Selection' in Relation to the Facts of Inheritance.1 By Professor J. ARTHUR THOMSON, MA The author indicated the importance of a ..."

3. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"Thus we distinguish the germinal from the nutritive or food-yolk, or, ... The germinal element, from which, when fertilised, the new animal is derived, ..."

4. Biology and Its Makers: With Portraits and Other Illustrations by William Albert Locy (1908)
"These liberated gemmules. were supposed to be carried by the circulation and ultimately to be aggregated within the germinal elements (ovum and sperm). ..."

5. How to Work with the Microscope by Lionel Smith Beale (1870)
"For colouring the living or germinal matter of the cell or texture. 2. ... Of Colouring the Germinal or Living Matter.—This living matter is in all cases ..."

6. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Edward Albert Sharpey-Schäfer, George Dancer Thane (1890)
"The germinal epithelium.—This name was given by Waldeyer to the thickened ... Amongst the cells of the germinal epithelium, some are seen which are larger ..."

7. A Treatise on Comparative Embryology by Francis Maitland Balfour (1885)
"25) there may be seen on the lower side of the spindle a somewhat irregular body, which may possibly be part of the remains of the germinal spot, ..."

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