germinal

adjective

ger·​mi·​nal ˈjər-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce germinal (audio)
ˈjerm-nəl
1
a
: being in the earliest stage of development
2
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo
germinally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Vinuesa and her team were able to figure out one key alternate pathway, one not involving the lymph node germinal center, with the help of a few Kikas. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 18 June 2022 Researchers showed last year that the elite school inside of lymph nodes where the B cells train, called the germinal center, remains active for at least 15 weeks after the second dose of a covid vaccine. Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2022 Researchers showed last year that the elite school inside of lymph nodes where the B cells train, called the germinal center, remains active for at least 15 weeks after the second dose of a Covid vaccine. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 But first those memory cells get trained in immune system boot camps called germinal centers, learning to do more than just make copies of their original antibodies. Carla K. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 3 Jan. 2022 But offering up that refresher too often or too soon could be pointless, even slightly counterproductive, if active germinal centers are still doing their thing. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2021 According to scientists who conducted the study, this is a very positive sign since germinal centers normally peak one or two weeks after vaccination and then begin to decline, the New York Times reported. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 28 June 2021 After infection with the coronavirus, the germinal center forms in the lungs. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 For example, Shiv Pillai, an immunologist at Harvard Medical School, studies lymph nodes and their germinal centers, where B cells refine antibodies to a specific pathogen. Fedor Kossakovski, Science, 29 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of germinal was in 1804

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“Germinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germinal. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

germinal

adjective
ger·​mi·​nal ˈjərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce germinal (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo
germinally adverb

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