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1 anything that provides inspiration for later work [syn: source, seed]
2 a small simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
3 a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use [syn: microbe, bug]

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  • , /dʒɜː(r)m/, /dZ3:(r)m/
    Rhymes: -ɜː(r)m


  1. The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
  2. A pathogenic microorganism.
  3. An idea that forms the basis of some project.
  4. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.


mass of cells
pathogenic microorganism

Extensive Definition

Germ can mean:
The plural form Germs can refer to:
germ in Arabic: جراثيم
germ in French: Germe (homonymie)
germ in Dutch: Kiem
germ in Russian: Germ (значения)

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