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[jur-muh n]
noun, plural ger·mens, ger·mi·na [jur-muh-nuh] /ˈdʒɜr mə nə/. Archaic.
  1. a germ.
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Origin of germen

From Latin, dating back to 1595–1605; see origin at germ
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British Dictionary definitions for germina


noun plural -mens or -mina (-mɪnə)
  1. biology rare the mass of undifferentiated cells that gives rise to the germ cells
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin; see germ
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