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English definition of “germ”

germ

noun  /dʒɜrm/ us  

germ noun (ORGANISM)

[C usually pl] a very small organism that causes disease: The patient has little natural resistance to germs.

germ noun (ORIGIN)

[C] the origin of something that develops, esp. a cell from which grain grows or the beginning of an idea: Alejandro’s suggestion was the germ of an idea.
(Definition of germ from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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