germ - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/dʒɜː(r)m/
singulargerm
pluralgerms
  1. 1
    [countable] a form of bacteria that spreads disease among people or animals

    It’s a germ that causes sore throats.

  2. 2
    [singular] something that could develop into a greater idea or plan

    the germ of an idea

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