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germ

noun \ˈjərm\

biology : a very small living thing that causes disease

: the origin or basis of something

: a very small amount of something

Full Definition of GERM

1
a :  a small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its parts
b :  the embryo with the scutellum of a cereal grain that is usually separated from the starchy endosperm during milling
2
:  something that initiates development or serves as an origin :  rudiments, beginning
3
:  microorganism; especially :  a microorganism causing disease

Examples of GERM

  1. the germ that causes tuberculosis
  2. the germ of an idea
  3. the germ layers of an embryo

Origin of GERM

French germe, from Latin germin-, germen, from gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: 1644

Rhymes with GERM

GERM Defined for Kids

germ

noun \ˈjərm\

Definition of GERM for Kids

1
:  a source from which something develops <the germ of an idea>
2
:  a microorganism (as a bacterium) that causes disease
3
:  a bit of living matter (as a cell) capable of forming a new individual or one of its parts
Medical Dictionary

germ

noun \ˈjərm\

Medical Definition of GERM

1
:  a small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its parts
2
:  microorganism; especially :  a microorganism causing disease
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