Associations to the word «Germ»

Wiktionary

GERM, noun. (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
GERM, noun. A pathogenic microorganism.
GERM, noun. The origin of an idea or project.
GERM, noun. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
GERM, verb. To germinate.
GERM, verb. (slang) To grow, as if parasitic.
GERM, noun. (UK) (derogatory) a German person.
GERM CELL, noun. (cytology) A cell that is part of the germ line: a gametocyte, an ovum or a sperm cell.
GERM CELLS, noun. Plural of germ cell
GERM FEAR, noun. Alternative form of germ-fear
GERM LAYER, noun. (embryology) A collection of cells assembled during embryogenesis that eventually develop into all tissues and organs via organogenesis in animals.
GERM PLASM, noun. (biology) The cytoplasm of germ cells
GERM PORE, noun. (mycology) A small pore in the outer wall of a fungal spore.
GERM WARFARE, noun. The use of harmful microorganisms as a weapon of war.

Dictionary definition

GERM, noun. Anything that provides inspiration for later work.
GERM, noun. A small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism.
GERM, noun. A minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use.

Wise words

To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one's experiences in common.
Friedrich Nietzsche