Origin of germ
Examples from the Web for germs
The authors categorized responses that indicated a misunderstanding of possible benefit as “germs are germs” beliefs.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, they ask, what if germs, looking to spread, drive people to perform rituals?The Midichlorians Made Me Do It: Can Microbes Explain Religion?|Michael Schulson|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, it would seem insane to someone in the early 19th century to fear ‘germs.’
We just assume that germs exist—the 5-second rule and everything.
We have basically over-calibrated in our reaction to germs—our aversion to them has created a new vulnerability.
In the little contrivances of children lie the germs of vast mechanical and artistic enterprises.The Playwork Book|Ann Macbeth
This future must not be regarded as a simple development of the present, a simple expression of germs already given.Major Prophets of To-Day|Edwin E. Slosson
Goats' milk is generally claimed to be free at all times from germs of tuberculosis.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work|Mary Rogers Miller
From the germs will grow the beautiful plant of child-trust and child-love.The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church|G. H. Gerberding
Nevertheless, after pointing out these germs and resemblances, the value of this poem still is found in its originality.The Raven|Edgar Allan Poe
British Dictionary definitions for germs
Word Origin for germ
Word Origin and History for germs
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.
Medicine definitions for germs
Science definitions for germs
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.