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1. Biology A small mass of protoplasm or cells from which a new organism or one of its parts may develop.
2. The earliest form of an organism; a seed, bud, or spore.
3. A microorganism, especially a pathogen.
4. Something that may serve as the basis of further growth or development: the germ of a project.
[Middle English, bud, from Old French germe, from Latin germen; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. (Pathology) a microorganism, esp one that produces disease in animals or plants
2. (often plural) the rudimentary or initial form of something: the germs of revolution.
3. (Biology) a simple structure, such as a fertilized egg, that is capable of developing into a complete organism
[C17: from French germe, from Latin germen sprig, bud, sprout, seed]
1. a microorganism, esp. when disease-producing; microbe.
2. a bud, offshoot, or seed.
3. the rudiment of a living organism; an embryo in its early stages.
4. the initial stage in development or evolution, as a germ cell or ancestral form.
5. a source of development; origin; seed: the germ of an idea.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French germe < Latin germen shoot, sprout, by dissimilation from *genmen=gen- (see genus) + -men resultative n. suffix)]
1. A microscopic organism or substance, especially a bacterium or a virus, that causes disease.
2. The earliest living form of an organism; a seed, spore, or bud.
Usage You've heard it many times. Some food falls on the floor, and someone (usually an adult) says, "Don't eat that now. It has germs on it." The word germ has been used to refer to invisible agents of disease since the 19th century, when scientists were first learning about the nature of disease. Similarly, the term microbe, which comes from the Greek prefix mikro-, "small," and word bios, "life," is a term that arose in the late 19th century in reference to the microscopic organisms that caused disease. The terms germ and microbe thus became associated with an early era of scientific research in which knowledge was very limited, and they are no longer used much by scientists. Thanks to generations of research, scientists today can usually identify the specific agents of disease, such as individual species of bacteria or viruses. When they want to refer generally to agents of disease, they use the term pathogen, which comes from Greek pathos, "suffering," and the suffix -gen, "producer." The term microorganism is used to refer to any one-celled microscopic organism, whether it causes disease or is harmless.
germ, germinate - From Latin germen, "seed, sprout."
See also related terms for sprout.
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|Noun||1.||germ - anything that provides inspiration for later work|
inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
taproot - something that provides an important central source for growth or development; "the taproot of his resentment"; "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"
muse - the source of an artist's inspiration; "Euterpe was his muse"
|2.||germ - a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism|
|3.||germ - a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use|
1. microbe, virus, bug (informal), bacterium, bacillus, microorganism a germ that destroyed hundred of millions of lives
fear spermaphobia, spermatophobia
fear spermaphobia, spermatophobia
angi, vísir, kveikjasÿkill
n (lit, fig) → Keim m; (of particular illness also) → Krankheitserreger m; (esp of cold) → Bazillus m; don’t spread your germs around → behalte deine Bazillen für dich
n → Bazillenträger m
n (Biol) → Keimzelle f
adj → keimfrei
n (Biol) → Keimblatt nt
adj → keimsicher, keimfrei
1. a very tiny animal or plant that causes disease. Disinfectant kills germs. kiem جُرْثومَه микроб germe bakterie, mikrob der Krankheitserreger bakterie; mikrobe μικρόβιοgermen pisik میکروب bakteeri microbeחיידק रोगाणु klica baktérium mikroba, kuman sÿkill germe 細菌 미생물 mikrobas, bakterija mikrobs; baktērija kuman ziektekiembakterie, mikrobezarazek ميكروب germe microb микроб mikrób mikrob bacil bakterie เชื้อโรค mikrop 病菌 мікроб, бактерія جرثومہ vi trùng 病菌，细菌
2. the small beginning (of anything). the germ of an idea. kiem أصْل، بدايَة зародиш embrião zárodek der Keim kim; spire σπέρμα, αρχήgermen, embrión, principio idu منشاء؛ سرآغاز siemen germeמקור अंकुर zametak csíra benih angi, vísir, kveikja germe 芽ばえ (발생, 발달의) 근원 užuomazga iedīgļi; sākums bibit kiemspire, kimzarodek منبع embrião germen зачаток zárodok zametek klica frö, upprinnelse สิ่งแรกเริ่ม başlangıç 萌芽 зачаток ابتدائی خیال mầm mống 萌芽
germ→ جُرْثُومة bacil bakterie Keim μικρόβιο germen bakteeri microbe mikrob germe 細菌 병원균 ziektekiem bakterie zarodek germe микроб bacill เชื้อโรค mikrop vi trùng 细菌
n. microorganismo, bacteria causante de enfermedades; germ-free, estéril, axénico; libre de microorganismos;
___ cell → célula reproductora.