- (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
- A pathogenic microorganism.
- An idea that forms the basis of some project.
- The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See w:Cereal germ, Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
- Dutch: kiem
- French: germe
- German: Keim
- Italian: microbo , germe
- Spanish: germen
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