[jur-muh n]

noun, plural ger·mens, ger·mi·na [jur-muh-nuh] /ˈdʒɜr mə nə/. Archaic.

a germ.

Origin of germen

From Latin, dating back to 1595–1605; see origin at germ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for germina


noun plural -mens or -mina (-mɪnə)

biology rare the mass of undifferentiated cells that gives rise to the germ cells

Word Origin for germen

C17: from Latin; see germ
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