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English Dictionary: Germ by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. anything that provides inspiration for later work [syn: source, seed, germ]
  2. a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
  3. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
    Synonym(s): microbe, bug, germ
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Germ \Germ\, n. (Biol.)
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Germ \Germ\, n. [F. germe, fr. L. germen, germinis, sprout, but,
      germ. Cf. {Germen}, {Germane}.]
      1. (Biol.) 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.
                     In the entire process in which a new being
                     originates . . . two distinct classes of action
                     participate; namely, the act of generation by which
                     the germ is produced; and the act of development, by
                     which that germ is evolved into the complete
                     organism.                                          --Carpenter.
      2. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle;
            as, the germ of civil liberty.
      {Disease germ} (Biol.), a name applied to certain tiny
            bacterial organisms or their spores, such as Anthrax
            bacillus and the {Micrococcus} of fowl cholera, which have
            been demonstrated to be the cause of certain diseases. See
            {Germ theory} (below).
      {Germ cell} (Biol.), the germ, egg, spore, or cell from which
            the plant or animal arises. At one time a part of the body
            of the parent, it finally becomes detached,and by a
            process of multiplication and growth gives rise to a mass
            of cells, which ultimately form a new individual like the
            parent. See {Ovum}.
      {Germ gland}. (Anat.) See {Gonad}.
      {Germ stock} (Zo[94]l.), a special process on which buds are
            developed in certain animals. See {Doliolum}.
      {Germ theory} (Biol.), the theory that living organisms can
            be produced only by the evolution or development of living
            germs or seeds. See {Biogenesis}, and {Abiogenesis}. As
            applied to the origin of disease, the theory claims that
            the zymotic diseases are due to the rapid development and
            multiplication of various bacteria, the germs or spores of
            which are either contained in the organism itself, or
            transferred through the air or water. See {Fermentation

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Germ \Germ\, v. i.
      To germinate. [R.] --J. Morley.
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