Meaning of GERM in English

GERM

n.

Pronunciation: ' j ə rm

Function: noun

Etymology: French germe, from Latin germin-, germen, from gignere to beget ― more at KIN

Date: 1644

1 a : a small mass of living substance capable of developing into an organism or one of its parts b : the embryo with the scutellum of a cereal grain that is usually separated from the starchy endosperm during milling

2 : something that initiates development or serves as an origin : RUDIMENTS , BEGINNING

3 : MICROORGANISM especially : a microorganism causing disease

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