germinal

adjective
ger·​mi·​nal | \ ˈjərm-nəl How to pronounce germinal (audio) , ˈjer-mə-nᵊl \

Definition of germinal

1a : being in the earliest stage of development
2 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a germ cell or early embryo

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Other Words from germinal

germinally adverb

Examples of germinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Yang suggests a better understanding of the lack of germinal centers in deceased patients might also help explain the cytokine storm. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 25 Aug. 2020 Historical fiction writers could plumb his collection for germinal ideas for some moving stories. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2018 Historical fiction writers could plumb his collection for germinal ideas for some moving stories. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 May 2018 In 1950, the germinal Aspen resort hosted the world championships only four years after opening its first chairlift — Lift One — which ranked as the longest in the world. Jason Blevins, The Denver Post, 17 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of germinal

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for germinal

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

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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 26 Oct. 2021.

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germinal

adjective
ger·​mi·​nal | \ ˈjərm-nəl, -ən-ᵊl How to pronounce germinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of germinal

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

Other Words from germinal

germinally \ -​ē How to pronounce germinal (audio) \ adverb

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