Meaning of GERM in English

GERM

noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

biological/germ warfare (= using dangerous bacteria or illnesses as a weapon )

These bacteria might be used in biological warfare.

germ warfare

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

cell

When such changes are induced in the germ cells , they may be transmitted to descendants of the irradiated persons.

Later, however, these germ cells undergo meiosis, to produce gametes.

Then, with luck, some of the reintroduced, transformed cells will differentiate to form germ cells in that embryo.

The adult worm is about 1 millimetre long and consists of only about 1000 body cells and thousands of germ cells.

If this happens in a germ cell , it has the chance of being passed on to future generations.

This pathway is fully operational in germ cells , where it has been implicated in both fertilization and early development.

line

But germ lines can deteriorate and cause extinction of lineages.

A sharp distinction between soma and germ line makes it possible to prevent acquired characters from being transmitted.

The soma is mortal, but the germ line potentially immortal.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Cover your mouth when you cough so you won't spread germs.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

It can be caused by several different germs.

It kills the germs as well, leaving the whole area clean and hygienic.

Many of the germs that cause disease pass from our hands into our mouths; so can environmental metal toxins like lead.

She wasn't allowed in crowded places where there might be germs.

That lofty notion spread like a virulent germ into every law school in the nation.

These germs are small outgrowths on the skin arranged locally in a hexagonal pattern.

Yet there is a germ of truth in what Hadi says.

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