germ

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. microorganism; seed, embryo; microbe, bacterium; beginning, rudiment; source, origin, cause. See littleness.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Origin]
Syn. inception, source, root, basis; see origin 3 .
2. [Embryo]
Syn. seed, bud, sprig; see egg , fetus .
3. [Bacillus]
Syn. microbe, bacteria, disease germ, microorganism, virus, bacterium, pathogen, parasite, bug*.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. microbe microorganism, *bug, virus, bacterium, bacillus, pathogen, infectious agent, rhinovirus, retrovirus, streptococcus, spirochete.
2. source root, beginning, origin, seed, embryo, fountainhead, spark.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A minute organism usually producing disease: bug, microbe, microorganism. See BEINGS. 2. A source of further growth and development: bud1, embryo, kernel, nucleus, seed, spark1. See START.

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