|Origin:||germe, from Latin germen 'seed, bud, germ', from gignere; GENITAL|
a very small living thing that can make you ill ➔ bacteria
Put disinfectant down the toilet to kill any germs.
the early stage of an idea, feeling etc that may develop into something bigger and more important:
The germ of a story began to form in his mind.
the part of a plant or animal that can develop into a new plant or animal:
germ cells containing DNA