That which is to develop a new individual; as, the germ of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the earliest form under which an organism appears.
That from which anything springs; origin; first principle; as, the germ of civil liberty.
The germ cells, collectively, as distinguished from the somatic cells, or soma. Germ is often used in place of germinal to form phrases; as, germ area, germ disc, germ membrane, germ nucleus, germ sac, etc.
A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system. Jane Smiley
germ in Dutch is microbe
germ in Finnish is itu
germ in French is microbg, germe, microbe, semence
germ in German is Keim, keimen
germ in Italian is germe, microbo
germ in Norwegian is spire, bakterie
germ in Portuguese is germe
germ in Spanish is germen
germ in Swedish is brodd, bakterie, grodd
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