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]
- , /dʒɜː(r)m/, /dZ3:(r)m/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)m
mass of cells
Germ can mean:
- Microorganism, especially a pathogenic one; see Germ theory of disease.
- Germ cell, a cell that has all the information to grow into a complete adult organism.
- The Germ (periodical), a periodical established by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to disseminate their ideas.
- Germ (mathematics)
- Cereal germ
- Germ, Hautes-Pyrénées, a commune of the Hautes-Pyrénées département, in southwestern France
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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