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germnoun

us   /dʒɜrm/
  • 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.
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"germ" in British English

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germnoun

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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