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English definition of “germ”

germ

noun     /dʒɜːm/
[C] a very small living thing that causes disease: Wash your hands before cooking so that you don't spread germs.Bacteria, moulds, germs and viruses
the germ of sth the beginning of something: the germ of a brilliant ideaBeginnings and starts
(Definition of germ noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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