Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

germinal

play
adjective ger·mi·nal \ˈjərm-nəl, ˈjer-mə-nəl\

Definition of germinal

  1. 1 a :  being in the earliest stage of development b :  creative, productive

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo

germinally

adverb


Origin and Etymology of germinal

French, from Latin germin-, germen — more at germ


First Known Use: 1808

Rhymes with germinal


Medical Dictionary

germinal

play
adjective ger·mi·nal \ˈjərm-nəl, -ən-əl\

Medical Definition of germinal

  1. :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo

germinally

\-ē\play adverb



Learn More about germinal

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of germinal


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up germinal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen in amount, effect, or force

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

formless experimental frightening massive
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ