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Germ appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Poseur, taster, germ: Adam regrets a true sop.
  • Time yams traded after germ regret faded arts may emit.
  • Devil, won’t one filter germ regret life not now lived?
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun germ:

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Definition of the noun germ

What does germ mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: germs

  1. anything that provides inspiration for later work
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of germ: seed / source
    • more generic word: inspiration = arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
    • more specific words:
      • taproot = something that provides an important central source for growth or development
      • muse = the source of an artist's inspiration
  2. a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
  3. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use

Alternative definition of the noun germ


  1. [biology] The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
  2. A pathogenic microorganism.
  3. An idea that forms the basis of some project.
  4. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.


  1. [UK, derogatory] a German person.


"Germ" is a 2009 short drama film directed by Snehal Nair.

Phrases with Germ

  1. germ cell
  2. germ pore
  3. germ tube
  4. germ layer
  5. germ plasm
  6. germ theory
  7. germ warfare
  8. Apical Germ Pore
  9. wheat germ

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Germ

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Google previewChlamydia Atherosclerosis Lesion (2008)

Discovery, Diagnosis and Treatment by Allan Shor

The concept of a Chlamydia arterial lesion is plausible and coherent in that this particular germ is a lipophilic...

Google previewConceptual Modelling and Its Theoretical Foundations (2012)

Essays Dedicated to Bernhard Thalheim on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday by Antje Düsterhöft, Meike Klettke, Klaus-Dieter Schewe

GERM is an extension of the classical ER model that has been successfully used for conceptual modelling of geographic applications. The transformation rules have been chosen such that relevant application semantics is preserved during ...

Google previewLectures on the Philosophy of Religion (1996)

Determinate Religion by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The seed germ is the preformed shape that manifests itself. [That is] how it is in the spiritual realm too."230 {(a)) Of itself, purposive action stands very close to the kind of spiritual form or shape we have been considering. What matters, however ...

Google previewHealth, Wellness, and Physical Fitness, Grades 5 - 12 (2013)

by Don Blattner, Lisa Blattner Howerton

Germ is a general term used to designate a microbe that is harmful to humans. This type of microbe is called a pathogen. Microbes are in the air, on everything you have contact with, in the water you drink, on the food you eat, on your body, ...

Google previewScience of Logic (1929)

by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

But thisiswhythe plantorthemanas germ is an immediate, andouter, whichhas notasyet given itselfthe negative reference toitself, is something passive, apreyto otherness.

Google previewHegel's Philosophy of Nature (2014)

by G.W.F. Hegel, M.J. Petry

The germ is that from which the whole ...

Google previewPhraseology (2008)

Thousands of Bizarre Origins, Unexpected Connections, and Fascinating Facts about English's Best Expressions by Barbara Ann Kipfer

wheat germ is the embryo of a seed or kernel of wheat, located at the bottom center of the kernel next to the stalk; it is covered by several layers of outer coating known as the bran layers, and it is highly nutritious, providing protein, fat, vitamins, ...

Google previewThe Visual Food Encyclopedia (1996)

Raw wheat germ is an excellent source of thiamine, folic acid, niacin, magnesium , and zinc; it is a good source of vitamin B6, phosphorus, and potassium, and contains pantothenic acid, riboflavin, iron, and copper. Wheat germ is also rich in ...

Google previewPediatric Dentistry - E-Book (2013)

Infancy through Adolescence by Paul S. Casamassimo, Henry W. Fields, Dennis J. McTigue, Arthur Nowak

The tooth germ is a result of the prolific epithelial cells forming a caplike appearance with the subsequent incorporation of the mesoderm. This incorporation of mesodermal tissue below and within the cap gives rise to the dental papilla.

Google previewA Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1890)

by Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland

When, however, each Beat is divisible by 3, instead of 2, the Time is called Compound Common (Germ. Gerade zusammengesetzte Takt): Common, because each Bar contains two, four, or eight Beats; Compound, because these Beats are ...

Google previewA practical medical dictionary ... (1914)

by Thomas Lathrop Stedman

blastos, offspring, germ.] Sporozoite. b. form of red cells, nucleated red blood cells, er- ythroblasts. blaste'ma [G. blastema, a sprout.] The bioplasm of the developing embryo, blastem'ic. Relating to the ...

Google previewThe American Illustrated Medical Dictionary (1916)

8Xagrós germ + ölakos disk]. A disk or mass that caps one pole of the yolk. blastogenesis (blas-to-jen'es- is) (see blastogeny]. 1. Reproduction by budding. 2. Transmission of inherited ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Science (Print) (2004)

by Wilson G. Pond

Germ. Cell. Technology. B Biotechnology: Transgenic Animals Vernon G. Pursel Robert J. Wall. Matthew B. Wheeler Samantha A. Malusky University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. INTRODUCTION In mammals, stem cells are defined as a ...

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Quotes about Germ

There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide. (Norman Douglas)
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Scrabble value of G2E1R1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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