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Synonyms for germ

Synonyms for germ

a minute organism usually producing disease

a source of further growth and development

Synonyms for germ

anything that provides inspiration for later work

a small apparently simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism

a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium)

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The hundreds of millions of dead remained unburied and the germs multiplied themselves, and, toward the last, millions died daily of starvation.
cause he always smoked tobacco and it killed all the germs.
We had no germs of religion, no conceptions of an unseen world.
Daughtry had inquired into the matter, and the inquiry was violent; for he had a wholesome fear of germs and bacilli, and when the two active young men tried to run him through with their filth-corroded spears, he caught the spear of one young man under his arm and put the other young man to sleep with a left hook to the jaw.
He must have been so saturated with alcohol as to defy the lodgment of germs.
We have with great success made a practice of not leaving arsenic and strychnine, and typhoid and tuberculosis germs lying around for our children to be destroyed by.
In like manner the evil which one does in the interval of a day prevents the germs of virtues which began to spring up again from developing themselves and destroys them.
After the germs of virtue have thus been prevented many times from developing themselves, then the beneficent breath of evening does not suffice to preserve them.
He was the greatest metaphysical genius whom the world has seen; and in him, more than in any other ancient thinker, the germs of future knowledge are contained.
Thus, not only have I the father's spirit in the son to contend against, the germs of his evil tendencies to search out and eradicate, and his corrupting intercourse and example in after-life to counteract, but already he counteracts my arduous labour for the child's advantage, destroys my influence over his tender mind, and robs me of his very love; I had no earthly hope but this, and he seems to take a diabolical delight in tearing it away.
Ziebart looks to curb the spread of germs by offering Germ Defender, an effective way to prevent bacteria and germs from collecting and spreading in the vehicle.
Testicular tissue includes Leydig cells, which produce androgenic hormones, and Sertoli cells, which form the structure of the seminiferous tubules and support the production and maturation of the germ cells that develop into sperm.
The Wet Ones Germ Report Card, a national survey analyzing children's hygiene habits and their parent's perceptions of them, shows that parents with children in grades K-6 believe January is the "germiest" moth of the year.
Alongside vitamins E, B1, B6 and folate, wheat germ also offers dietary fibres, proteins and many minerals.
Vinblastine plus ifosfamide plus cisplatin as initial salvage therapy in recurrent germ cell tumor.