germinal

[ jur-muh-nl ]
/ ˈdʒɜr mə nl /

adjective

being in the earliest stage of development: germinal ideas.
of or relating to a germ or germs.
of the nature of a germ or germ cell.

Origin of germinal

1800–10; (< F) < Latin germin- (stem of germen sprout, bud; see germ) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM germinal

ger·mi·nal·ly, adverbnon·ger·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ger·mi·nal, adjectivesub·ger·mi·nal·ly, adverb

Definition for germinal (2 of 2)

Germinal
[ jur-muh-nl; French zher-mee-nal ]
/ ˈdʒɜr mə nl; French ʒɛr miˈnal /

noun

(in the French Revolutionary calendar) the seventh month of the year, extending from March 21 to April 19.
(italics) a novel (1884) by Émile Zola.

Origin of Germinal

From French; see origin at germinal
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British Dictionary definitions for germinal (1 of 2)

germinal
/ (ˈdʒɜːmɪnəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or like germs or a germ cell
of, or in the earliest stage of development; embryonic

Derived forms of germinal

germinally, adverb

Word Origin for germinal

C19: from New Latin germinālis, from Latin germen bud; see germ

British Dictionary definitions for germinal (2 of 2)

Germinal
/ French (ʒɛrminal) /

noun

the month of buds: the seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, from March 22 to April 20
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Medical definitions for germinal

germinal
[ jûrmə-nəl ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.
Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development of an embryo or organism.
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