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germ/ˈʤɚm/noun
pluralgerms
germ
/ˈʤɚm/
noun
pluralgerms
Learner's definition of GERM  
[count]
biology : a very small living thing that causes disease
: the origin or basis of something
   b : a very small amount of something
biology : something that can grow to become a whole animal, plant, etc., or one of its parts
— see also wheat germ
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