germ: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: ( jûrm), [key]
- a microorganism, esp. when disease-producing; microbe.
- a bud, offshoot, or seed.
- the rudiment of a living organism; an embryo in its early stages.
- the initial stage in development or evolution, as a germ cell or ancestral form.
- something that serves as a source or initial stage for subsequent development: the germ of an idea.
- of, pertaining to, or caused by disease-producing germs.
- germ (Thesaurus)