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germ

noun uk   /dʒɜːm/ us    /dʒɝːm/

germ noun (ORGANISM)

C1 [C usually plural] a very small organism that causes disease: Wash your hands so you don't get germs on the food. Rats and flies spread germs.
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germ noun (AMOUNT)

germ of sth C2 [S] a small amount, usually one that develops into something large or important: He found the germ of an idea in an old newspaper.
Translations of “germ”
in Korean 세균…
in Arabic جَرْثومة…
in French microbe, germe…
in Turkish mikrop…
in Italian microbo, germe…
in Chinese (Traditional) 生物體, 病菌, 細菌…
in Russian микроб, бактерия…
in Polish zarazek…
in Spanish germen, embrión, principio…
in Portuguese micróbio…
in German der Krankheitserreger, der Keim…
in Catalan germen, microbi…
in Japanese ばい菌, 細菌, 病原菌…
in Chinese (Simplified) 生物体, 病菌, 细菌…
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