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  Dictionary Definition of germ

germ
noun
1. a micro-organism, especially when disease-producing; microbe.
2. that from which anything springs as if from a seed.
3. Embryology a. a bud, offshoot, or seed. b. the rudiment of a living organism; an embryo in its early stages.
4. Biology the initial stage in development or evolution, as a germ cell or ancestral form.
[F germe. See GERMEN ]
-- germless, adjective