Meaning of GERM in English

GERM

n.1 a micro-organism, esp. one which causes disease.

2 a a portion of an organism capable of developing into a new one; the rudiment of an animal or plant. b an embryo of a seed (wheat germ).

3 an original idea etc. from which something may develop; an elementary principle.

Phrases and idioms:

germ-cell

1. a cell containing half the number of chromosomes of a somatic cell and able to unite with one from the opposite sex to form a new individual; a gamete.

2 any embryonic cell with the potential of developing into a gamete. germ warfare the systematic spreading of micro-organisms to cause disease in an enemy population. in germ not yet developed.

Derivatives:

germy adj.

Etymology: F germe f. L germen germinis sprout

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.