- germ cell,
- germ layer,
- germ line,
- germ membrane,
- germ plasm
Origin of germ
Examples from the Web for germ
And despite years of speculation, nobody has proved Assad has any germ warfare capability at all.Western Intelligence Suspects Assad Has a Secret Chemical Stockpile|Noah Shachtman, Christopher Dickey|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Until Melching's organization started its three-year training program, no one knew the basics of germ theory—or its link to HIV.
The germ of the novel was an article in The Guardian highlighting the 50 to 60 bodies pulled from the Thames every year.
I am positive the germ count in the dugout alone could be classified as an occupational hazard.
The germ and shadow and likelihood of each of those acts is in the fashion and line and detail of her garments.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
The germ may be inherent, but it certainly yields to culture.Gorillas & Chimpanzees|R. L. Garner
A germ disease highly contagious and one of the most injurious of those which affect dairy cattle.
There is that in man that cannot die—a seed, a germ an embryo, a spiritual essence.The Story of an African Farm|(AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
The germ of social organization was, indeed, the woman and her children and her children's children.Sex and Society|William I. Thomas
Word Origin for germ
mid-15c., "bud, sprout;" 1640s, "rudiment of a new organism in an existing one," from Middle French germe "germ (of egg); bud, seed, fruit; offering," from Latin germen (genitive germinis) "sprout, bud," perhaps from PIE root *gen- "to beget, bear" (see genus). The older sense is preserved in wheat germ and germ of an idea; sense of "seed of a disease" first recorded 1803; that of "harmful microorganism" dates from 1871. Germ warfare recorded from 1920.
The terms germ and microbe have been used to refer to invisible agents of disease since the nineteenth century, when scientists introduced the germ theory of disease, the idea that infections and contagious diseases are caused by microorganisms. Microbe, a shortening and alteration of microorganism, comes from the Greek prefix mikro-, small, and the word bios, life. Scientists no longer use the terms germ and microbe very much. Today they can usually identify the specific agents of disease, such as individual species of bacteria or viruses. To refer generally to agents of disease, they use the term pathogen, from the Greek pathos, suffering, and the suffix -gen, producer. They use microorganism to refer to any unicellular organism, whether disease-causing or not.