Synonyms of germ in English:

germ

noun

  • 1 the powerful cleansing action kills germs as well
    microbe, microorganism, bacillus, bacterium, virus
    informal bug
  • 2 a fertilized germ
    embryo, bud, nucleus, seed, spore, egg, ovum
    technical ovule
  • 3 he had the germ of a brilliant idea
    start, beginning(s), commencement, starting point, genesis, inception, seed, embryo, bud, root, rudiment, origin, source, fountain, potential (for); core, nucleus, heart, kernel, nub, essence; Latinfons et origo
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    germicide substance that destroys germs

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