Definition of germ
1a : a small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its partsb : the embryo with the scutellum of a cereal grain that is usually separated from the starchy endosperm during milling
3 : microorganism; especially : a microorganism causing disease
Examples of germ in a Sentence
the germ that causes tuberculosis
the germ of an idea
the germ layers of an embryo
Recent Examples of germ from the Web
But even so your iPhone or Android phone could have over 25,000 germs per square inch, according to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona.
The material is used for everything from testing the ground for oil drilling to irradiating food in order to kill germs.
Providing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, the system is integral to improving the hospital’s air quality and mitigating the airborne transmission of germs that could lead to infections.
There is a big difference between taking a shower and floating around in a body of water, and that difference is exposure to germs.
The contemporary aircraft is a veritable petri dish of germs.
People think of bathrooms as the most germ-infected environment, but the workplace offers plenty of surfaces that can increase your risk of disease.
Of course, loneliness is a surefire way to live germ-free, but is that really, living?
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Origin and Etymology of germ
French germe, from Latin germin-, germen, from gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: 1644
GERM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of germ for English Language Learners
biology : a very small living thing that causes disease
: the origin or basis of something
: a very small amount of something
GERM Defined for Kids
Definition of germ for Students
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
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