germ germ  /ˈdʒɜrm/


  1. (n) anything that provides inspiration for later work
  2. (n) a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
  3. (n) a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use


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  1. The Jumna River at Agra, India, abounds with cholera germs.
  2. For the first time, researchers have generated germ cells from embryonic stem cells.
  3. The bubonic germ is a surly one that lives in slatternly wild creatures, insects, rodents and in the filthy shambles of great cities.


  1. FOR KIDS: Flu in the air

    Germs tiny enough to pass through surgical masks may cause half of all cases
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Science News

  2. Kretschmer Wheat Germ Helps Cut the Flab - Not the Flavor - in Time for Summer Slim Downs

    TUKWILA, Wash., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As summer nears, Kretschmer Wheat Germ is the secret weapon for consumers looking to shape up their seasonal meals without depriving themselves of taste and ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Germ-zapping Xenex robot helps hospitals prevent costly infections

    At 5 feet 2 inches tall, at best, "Albert" doesn't have a commanding presence. However, Riverside Regional Medical Center is counting on the tubular germ-zapping robot to eradicate hospital acquired infections. Pulsing xenon UV-C light "on the germicid...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: MedCity News


  1. He wrote "Of all the enemies to public liberty, War is, prehaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. As the parent of armies, war encourages debt and taxes, the known instruments for bringing the many...
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: James Madison Source: The Jackson Citizen Patriot -

  2. "Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition," Thomas Jefferson wrote in his 1787 "Notes on the State of Virginia."
    on Jun 23, 2005 By: Thomas Jefferson Source: WorldNetDaily

  3. "The germ of this series goes back a long way," Meloy said. "For me, this is the culmination of a long-term collaboration with Carson, matching words and art. I grew up on a steady diet of Lloyd Alexander, Roald Dahl, and Tolkien; this is our...
    on Apr 29, 2010 By: Colin Meloy Source: MarketWatch (press release)

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