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Meaning of germ

germ

Pronunciation: ( jûrm), [key]
— n.
  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. something that serves as a source or initial stage for subsequent development: the germ of an idea.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or caused by disease-producing germs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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