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Germ or germs may refer to:


  • Germ (microorganism), an informal word for a pathogen
  • Germ cell, cell that gives rise to the gametes of an organism that reproduces sexually
  • Germ layer, a primary layer of cells that forms during embryonic development
  • Cereal germ, the reproductive part of a cereal grain
  • Tooth germ, an aggregation of cells that eventually forms a tooth
  • Germ theory of disease, which states that some diseases are caused by microorganisms
  • Germ (mathematics), an object in a topological space that captures local properties

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  • Germination, the process by which an organism grows from a seed or similar structure
  • Stem cell, biological cells that can differentiate into other types of cells
  • Germans, people from Germany