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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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