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1. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.
2. Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development: was active in the germinal stages of the space program.

[French, from Latin germen, germin-, sprout, bud; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ger′mi·nal·ly adv.
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1. (Pathology) of, relating to, or like germs or a germ cell
2. of, or in the earliest stage of development; embryonic
[C19: from New Latin germinālis, from Latin germen bud; see germ]
ˈgerminally adv


(Historical Terms) the month of buds: the seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, from March 22 to April 20
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(ˈdʒɜr mə nl)

1. being in the earliest stage of development: germinal ideas.
2. of or pertaining to a germ or germs.
3. of the nature of a germ or germ cell.
[1800–10; (< French) < Latin germin-, s. of germen sprout, bud (see germ) + -al1]
ger′mi•nal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.Germinal - seventh month of the Revolutionary calendar (March and April); the month of buds
Revolutionary calendar - the calendar adopted by the first French Republic in 1793 and abandoned in 1805; dates were calculated from Sept. 22, 1792
Revolutionary calendar month - a month in the Revolutionary calendar
Adj.1.germinal - containing seeds of later development; "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"
original - being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of; "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind"
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adj (fig)aufkeimend (geh)
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a. germinal, rel. a o de la naturaleza de un germen o gérmenes;
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Nevertheless all living things have much in common, in their chemical composition, their germinal vesicles, their cellular structure, and their laws of growth and reproduction.
Brooke had written his invitation, those germinal ideas of making his mind tell upon the world at large which had been present in him from his younger years, but had hitherto lain in some obstruction, had been sprouting under cover.
The company is enrolling around 150 patients with germinal centre diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) or follicular lymphoma, stratified into those expressing mutant EZH2 and those expressing wild type EZH2, and patients with non-germinal centre DLBCL in this five-arm Phase II trial.
Teratomas are composed of derivatives of all three germinal layers, arranged in haphazard manner.
The histopathologic analysis revealed that MDV causes the loss of germinal follicular centers within the CT of the resistant line and induces a severe, near-total lymphoid depletion in the susceptible line during cytolytic infection.
The menacing Germinal #2, 1953, composed of three modular pods and crowned by petals, recalls both Brancusi's Endless Column and a carnivorous plant, a Venus flytrap ready to swallow any insect dumb enough to be ensnared by it.
Eduardo Febles does this skillfully in Explosive Narratives, by analyzing the "literary function" of the forgotten terrorist figure of the Belle Epoque anarchist in three of Zolas novels, Germinal (1885), Paris (1898) and Travail (1901).
Antibodies to this protein stain the germinal center cells in lymphoid follicles, follicular cells, and interfollicular cells in follicular lymphoma, large B-cell lymphomas, and Burkitt's lymphoma, and the majority of the Reed-Sternberg cells in nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's disease.