Definition of Germination

1. Noun. The process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow.

Exact synonyms: Sprouting
Generic synonyms: Development, Growing, Growth, Maturation, Ontogenesis, Ontogeny
Derivative terms: Germinate, Germinate, Sprout, Sprout

2. Noun. The origin of some development. "The germination of their discontent"
Generic synonyms: Inception, Origin, Origination
Derivative terms: Germinate

Definition of Germination

1. n. The process of germinating; the beginning of vegetation or growth in a seed or plant; the first development of germs, either animal or vegetable.

Definition of Germination

1. Noun. The process of germinating; the beginning of vegetation or growth from a seed or spore; the first development of germs, either animal or vegetable. ¹

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Definition of Germination

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Medical Definition of Germination

1. The process where a seed, spore, or zygote begins to sprout, grow, or develop, usually after it has been dormant for a time while waiting for the right growing conditions. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Germination

germinal matrix
germinal membrane
germinal mosaicism
germinal mutation
germinal pole
germinal rod
germinal streak
germination (current term)
germinative layer
germinative layer of nail
germine acetates

Literary usage of Germination

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

1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1898)
"After a long period, during which germination had practically ceased, ... germination began in A 2 days after watering, and in 4 days A germinated 15%, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"The results of the germination tests show a great deterioration in the seeds ... The germination of Seeds as affected by Soil Temperatures: EDGAR BROWN. ..."

3. A Textbook of Botany for Colleges and Universities by John Merle Coulter, Charles Reid Barnes, Henry Chandler Cowles (1911)
"It is probable that in most of these cases delay in germination is due to the ... Possibly the delayed germination of the hawthorn (Crataegus) is to be thus ..."

4. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1902)
"The Histology of the Endosperm during germination in Tamus communis and Galium Tricorne. By WALTER GARDINER, MA, FRS, Fellow and Bursar of Clare College, ..."

5. Fungous Diseases of Plants: With Chapters on Physiology, Culture Methods and by Benjamin Minge Duggar (1909)
"FERGUSON, MC germination of the Spores of Agaricus campestris and Other ... Requirements for germination. With regard to their requirements for germination, ..."

6. A Class-book of Botany by Alphonso Wood (1851)
"Structure of seeds and germination ; 1, seed of a garden bean ; 2, the same after germination is commenced and the skin thrown off; 3, seed of Triglochin ..."

7. Physiological Botany by George Lincoln ( Goodale (1890)
"germination does, however, begin in certain cases even when only the radicle and the albumen directly around it have become soaked. ..."

8. Forestry Quarterly by New York State College of Forestry (1908)
"It is characteristic of the German technical germination press, and a strange commentary on our of ways, that the first account of a valuable American ..."

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