Meaning of GERM in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈjərm ]


Etymology: French germe, from Latin germin-, germen, from gignere to beget — more at kin

Date: 1644


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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