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Definitions of germ

  1. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. anything that provides inspiration for later work Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a small simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To germinate. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle; as, the germ of civil liberty. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. The germ cells, collectively, as distinguished from the somatic cells, or soma. is often used in place of germinal to form phrases; as, germ area, germ disc, germ membrane, germ nucleus, germ sac, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The first principle of an organism; that from which anything springs; origin; first principle; any bacterial organism, especially one which may cause disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. 1. A rudiment, the earliest trace of an embryo. 2. A microbe. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  11. The vital point of embryo from which an animal or plant is produced. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  12. Rudimentary form of a living thing, whether a plant or animal: (hot.) the seed-bud of a plant: a shoot: that from which anything springs, the origin: a first principle. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Bud; embryo; origin; first principle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Germinal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The earliest stage of an organism; bud; embryo; primary source. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. The rudimentary from of an organism; the seed-bud; that from which anything springs; origin; first principle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle; a bud or shoot. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. A unicellular micro-organism; a seed; a developing egg. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  19. [Latin] A unicellular micro-organism; a seed; a bud; a developing egg. na
  20. j[.e]rm, n. a rudimentary form of a living thing, whether a plant or animal: (bot.) the seed-bud of a plant: a shoot: that from which anything springs, the origin: a first principle.--v.i. to put forth buds, sprout.--n. GERM'ICIDE, that which destroys germs. [Fr. germe--L. germen, a bud.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. The rudiment of a new being, not yet developed, or which is still adherent to the mother. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  22. Portion of organism capable of developing into a new one (germ-, usu. of female reproductive element, opp. sperm-), rudiment of animal or plant; micro-organism or microbe, esp. one of those supposed to cause disease; (fig.) that from which something may spring, elementary principle (in g., not yet developed); (vb) germinate, sprout, (fig. only). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. A microbe or bacillus. American pocket medical dictionary.
  24. A spore; also, the primitive embryo. American pocket medical dictionary.
  25. The primitive rudiment of an animal or vegetable organism, of a particular part of such organism, or of anything (material or of the nature of a process) that may be developed. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. In botany, the ovary, the embryo, or the bud. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  27. A microbe, a bacterium. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  28. n. [Latin] That which is to develop an embryo; an ovary; a bud;—that from which anything springs; origin; first principle. Cabinet Dictionary

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