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Definition of Germ


  1. 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.
  2. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle; as, the germ of civil liberty.
  3. To germinate.
  4. 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.

Germ Quotations

A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.
John Steinbeck

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson

It's obviously unfair to paint with a broad brush here, but the germ of an idea for a breakthrough in technology doesn't come out of a business school curriculum. It comes out of a laboratory or a math lecture or a physics tutorial.
Michael Moritz

Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed.
Emma Goldman

If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.
Ernestine Rose
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Germ Translations

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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