Adjective "Germ" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A microorganism, especially one which causes disease.
  1. 'Therefore, agricultural, herding societies will carry deadlier germs than will hunter-gatherers or people that farm only plants.'
  2. 'They discovered acupuncture before it was known that blood circulates, or that germs cause disease.'
  3. 'Resistant germs aren't killed by the usual antibiotics.'
  4. 'Deadly germs infect nearly 2 million of the nation's hospital patients and kill close to 100,000 every year.'
  5. 'Over 40 different strains of the Legionella germ have now been discovered.'
  6. 'Food and water also can carry infectious germs, so be sure to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating.'
  7. 'I can't help feeling it harbours all kinds of nasty germs.'
  8. 'With a little prevention, you can keep harmful germs out of your child's way!'
  9. 'The pit may act as the breeding ground of disease-causing germs and mosquitoes.'
  10. 'Some disease-causing germs travel through the air in particles considerably smaller than droplets.'
A portion of an organism capable of developing into a new one or part of one.
  1. 'A mesenchymal signal triggers an ectodermal cell to proliferate and the cells grow downward to form a hair germ.'
  2. 'All grains have a bark-like, protective hull beneath which are the endosperm, germ, and bran.'
  3. 'The manufacturing process frees the germ from the soybean, using 400 pounds of soybean seed to yield one pound of soy germ.'
  4. 'Originally, most ethanol was made through wet-milling, which means the starch is separated from the corn germ and fiber and liquefied by cooking.'
  5. 'Thiamine is found in whole-grain cereals, bread, red meat, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, legumes, sweet corn, brown rice, berries, yeast, the germ and husks of grains and nuts.'
  6. 'In the case of corn germ, 10 out of the 16 quality attributes substantially affect yield, with oil content appearing to play the biggest role in this case.'
  7. 'At the tip there are sparse, fine hairs, and inside the base, where the seed is attached to the ear, is the embryo or germ, which will grow into a new plant if allowed to.'
  8. 'Then there is the seed germ which is 45-55% protein, used in confectionery and flour for the health food market, and also in specialised livestock diets.'
  9. 'Whole-grain breads are far superior to whites that have been denuded of bran, endosperm and germ.'
  10. 'The hulls and germ float to the surface and the kernels swell, doubling or even tripling in size, creating a different form of corn known as ‘hominy.’'
  11. 'Refined white flour is what's left after the nutrient-packed germ and bran are milled out of the wheat kernel.'
  12. 'the germ of a brilliant idea'
  13. 'The germ of the idea slowly matured in Godfrey's mind.'
  14. 'It's not hard to see the germ of something useful in what on the surface appear to be self-defeating patterns of behavior.'
  15. 'But the germ of truth in it is that you don't get any more misinformation in two ID papers than in one: it's the same old same old.'
  16. 'The germ of an idea sprouted in his mind: maybe, instead of highlighting the drama of the story, the film should highlight the absurdity of it.'
  17. 'In his latest show, for example, he has developed the simple germ of an idea into a half-hour routine on his annoyance at having people to stay.'
  18. 'Although accompanied some of the time by his posh, dull, white bread girlfriend, a germ of doubt grows in the mind of the audience.'
  19. 'The germs of these ideas, the roots of my own thought, are in Western philosophy and science rather than Oriental philosophy.'
  20. 'Families often inherit a negative thinking style that carries the germ of depression.'
  21. 'The germ of democratic thought had insinuated itself.'
  22. 'Here we see the germ of a practice which later on developed into the European feudal system.'

More definitions


1. a microorganism, especially when disease-producing; microbe.

2. a bud, offshoot, or seed.

3. the rudiment of a living organism; an embryo in its early stages.

4. the initial stage in development or evolution, as a germ cell or ancestral form.

5. something that serves as a source or initial stage for subsequent development: the germ of an idea. adjective

6. Pathology. of, relating to, or caused by disease-producing germs.


(germ)Late Middle English (in germ (sense 2)): via Old French from Latin germen ‘seed, sprout’. germ (sense 1) dates from the late 19th century.