American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Biology A small mass of protoplasm or cells from which a new organism or one of its parts may develop.
- n. The earliest form of organism; a seed, bud, or spore.
- n. A microorganism, especially a pathogen.
- n. Something that may serve as the basis of further growth or development: the germ of a project.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, the first rudiment of any organism; the earliest stage in the development of an organism; the simplest recognizable condition of a living thing; in botany, technically, the embryo of a seed, or, in the Linnean use of the word, the ovary. In popular language often used specifically to denote the mature spores of fungi and of other lower cryptogams, especially of injurious kinds, and, in the case of bacteria, the entire organism.
- n. By extension, an early or but slightly developed state of an organism; an early embryo. See embryo.
- n. Some or any microbe or micro-organism; a spore: as, a cholera-germ. See germicide.
- n. That from which anything springs or may spring as if from a seed or root; a rudimentary element; a formative principle: as, the germs of civil liberty or of prosperity.
- n. In pathology, the doctrine that zymotic diseases, together with some not usually classed as zymotic, are due to the presence in the body of living organisms. These organisms, which, so far as they have been positively identified, belong for the most part to the group of bacteria, produce their morbid effects by their vital activity, and probably in large part by the formation of poisons called ptomaines. This doctrine no longer rests upon indirect evidence alone, but also on the positive identification of the peccant organisms in a certain number of diseases, as in phthisis, anthrax, relapsing fever, typhoid fever, and some others. Synonyms Fetus, Rudiment. See embryo.
- n. biology The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
- n. A pathogenic microorganism.
- n. An idea that forms the basis of some project.
- n. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
- v. To germinate
- v. slang to grow, as if parasitic
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Biol.) That which is to develop a new individual; ; the earliest form under which an organism appears.
- n. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle.
- n. (Biol.) The germ cells, collectively, as distinguished from the
somaticcells, or soma. Germis often used in place of germinalto form phrases
- n. A microorganism, especially a disease-causing bacterium or virus; -- used informally, .
- v. rare To germinate.
- n. anything that provides inspiration for later work
- n. a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
- n. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
- From Middle French germe, from Latin germen ("bud, seed, embryo"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, bud, from Old French germe, from Latin germen; see genə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[Footnote: In some cases of sexless multiplication the germ is a cell-aggregate -- if we call germ only that which is already detached from the parent organism.]”
“It is believed that cryptorchidism results from a defect in germ cell maturation in the undescended testis.”
“Among the 38 was a testis-specific cell-adhesion gene (tpx-1) involved in germ cell maturation and sperm tail formation.”
“I guess this means that either every germ is now precious and invaluable, or you can treat undesirable people as you would a mere infection.”
“Newmark's team made a few discoveries related to a gene, called nanos, which was previously known to play a critical role in germ cell development in several other model organisms.”
“Thyme: Rich in germ-killing compounds thyme can help heal a sore throat and ease coughs, colds and bronchitis.”
“It may be lower in germ line cells, but it is definitely not zero, nor anywhere near zero.”
“Because it contains in germ everything to come in de”
“In like manner the difficulty which M. Robin has raised in objecting to the employment of the word germ, when we cannot specify whether the nature of that germ is animal or vegetable, is in many respects an unnecessary one.”
“In all the questions which we have discussed, whether we were speaking of fermentation or spontaneous generation, the word germ has been used in the sense of origin of living organism.”
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