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Noun
A microorganism, especially one which causes disease
“Over 40 different strains of the Legionella germ have now been discovered.”
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An initial stage from which something may develop
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“In his latest show, for example, he has developed the simple germ of an idea into a half-hour routine on his annoyance at having people to stay.”
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The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops
“After the husk is removed, the rice is milled to remove the bran and the germ or embryo.”
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An explanation for an occurrence
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Pathogen
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A toxic substance that is capable of causing illness or death
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(biology) The smallest structural and functional unit of an organism
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The intrinsic nature or quality of something, especially abstract, which determines its character
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