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germ (s), germs (pl) (nouns)
1. A cell, or group of cells, capable of developing into an organ, a part, or an organism in its entirety: "Eggs and sperms are considered to be germ cells."
2. A pathogenic microorganism or a microbe capable of causing a disease: "The germ theory of disease held that these minute bodies could cause disease which turned out to be verified (true)."
3. Etymology: the germ is a simple word that came to us from Latin germen, meaning "a sprout, a bud", or "an offshoot".

"In all of its meanings, the term germ retains the idea of developing into something more mature."

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(Greek: germ, bud; shoot, formative cell or layer; of or pertaining to an embryonic or germinal stage of development)
(Latin: seed, germ; pertaining to semen)
(Latin: bud, sprout, a growing thing in its early stages)
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biological warfare, biowarfare, germ warfare (s); biological warfares, biowarfares, germ warfares (pl) (nouns)
Warfare that makes use of bacteria, viruses, toxins, etc., to disable or to destroy people, domestic animals, and food crops.
germ cell (s), germ cells (pl) (nouns)
Any of the cells in animals that give rise to the gametes (cells capable of fusing with other cells to produce zygotes, from which new individual organisms can develop).
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