Definition of Germ

1. Noun. Anything that provides inspiration for later work.

Exact synonyms: Seed, Source
Generic synonyms: Inspiration
Specialized synonyms: Taproot, Muse
Derivative terms: Germinal, Germinate

2. Noun. A small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism.

3. Noun. A minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use.
Exact synonyms: Bug, Microbe
Generic synonyms: Micro-organism, Microorganism
Derivative terms: Germy, Microbial

Definition of Germ

1. n. That which is to develop a new individual; as, the germ of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the earliest form under which an organism appears.

2. v. i. To germinate.

3. n. The germ cells, collectively, as distinguished from the somatic cells, or soma. Germ is often used in place of germinal to form phrases; as, germ area, germ disc, germ membrane, germ nucleus, germ sac, etc.

Definition of Germ

1. Noun. (UK derogatory) a German person. ¹

2. Noun. (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore. ¹

3. Noun. A pathogenic microorganism. ¹

4. Noun. An idea that forms the basis of some project. ¹

5. Noun. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ. ¹

6. Verb. To germinate ¹

7. Verb. (slang) to grow, as if parasitic ¹

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Definition of Germ

1. a microorganism that causes disease [n -S]

Medical Definition of Germ

1. 1. That which is to develop a new individual; as, the germ of a foetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the earliest form under which an organism appears. "In the entire process in which a new being originates . Two distinct classes of action participate; namely, the act of generation by which the germ is produced; and the act of development, by which that germ is evolved into the complete organism." (Carpenter) 2. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle; as, the germ of civil liberty. Disease germ, the theory that living organisms can be produced only by the evolution or development of living germs or seeds. See Biogenesis, and Abiogenesis. As applied to the origin of disease, the theory claims that the zymotic diseases are due to the rapid development and multiplication of various bacteria, the germs or spores of which are either contained in the organism itself, or transferred through the air or water. See Fermentation theory. Origin: F. Germe, fr. L. Germen, germinis, sprout, but, germ. Cf. Germen, Germane. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Germ

geriatric dentistry
geriatric medicine
geriatric nursing
geriatric psychiatry
geriatric therapy
germ (current term)
germ-free animal
germ-free isolator
germ-free life
germ-line mutation
germ cell tumour
germ cells
germ layer
germ layer theory
germ layers
germ line
germ line gene therapy
germ line transformation

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