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germ

 
pronunciation:
juhrm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a microscopic organism that causes illness. Bacteria and viruses that cause diseases are called germs.
synonyms:
bug, microbe, microorganism
similar words:
bacterium, virus
definition 2: a basic part of a living organism, such as the inside of a seed or the embryo of an egg, from which other parts grow.
synonyms:
bud, embryo, offshoot, seed, spore, sprout
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