What is germ?

  • (noun): A minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use.
    Synonyms: microbe, bug
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on germ:

Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumor
... Mediastinal germ cell tumors are tumors that derive from germ cell rest remnants in the mediastinum ...
Sporeling Development
... Most spores germinate by first producing a germ-rhizoid or holdfast followed by a germ tube emerging from the opposite end ... The germ tube develops into the hypha, protonema or thallus of the gametophyte ...
A Germ-Destroyer
... 'A Germ-Destroyer' is a short story by Rudyard Kipling ... wrote this story.) Mellish boasts that "'not a germ could live.'" The residence panics, until "an Aide-de-Camp, who desired the V.C ... The Viceroy, "prostrate with laughter", repeats "'Not a germ, as you say, could rightly exist! I can swear it ...
Tim Wright (UK Musician) - Germ
... first commercially available releases were under the pseudonym Germ ... electronic music scene" (Sean Cooper, Allmusic), Germ was initially a solo bedroom project but grew with the aid of engineer John Dalby at Finsbury Park Studios to encompass collaborations with Hilary Jeffery (tromb ... Germ released three EPs and two albums, "Gone" and "Parrot" on General Productions Recordings (GPR) in 1995 ...
Germ, Hautes-Pyrénées
... Germ is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. ...

More definitions of "germ":

  • (noun): A small simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism.
  • (noun): Anything that provides inspiration for later work.
    Synonyms: source, seed

Famous quotes containing the word germ:

    And such the trust that still were mine,
    Though stormy winds swept o’er the brine,
    Or though the tempest’s fiery breath
    Roused me from sleep to wreck and death.
    In ocean cave, still safe with Thee
    The germ of immortality!
    And calm and peaceful shall I sleep,
    Rocked in the cradle of the deep.
    Emma Hart Willard (1787–1870)

    The germ of violence is laid bare in the child abuser by the sheer accident of his individual experience ... in a word, to a greater degree than we like to admit, we are all potential child abusers.
    F. Gonzalez-Crussi, Mexican professor of pathology, author. “Reflections on Child Abuse,” Notes of an Anatomist (1985)

    I care not by what measure you end the war. If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America, whatever may be your object, depend upon it, as true as effect follows cause, that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers, and poison the fair fruits of freedom. Slavery and freedom cannot exist together.
    Ernestine L. Rose (1810–1892)