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germinal

  Play ger·mi·nal

  1. of, like, or characteristic of germs or germ cells
  2. in an embryonic stage; in the first stage of growth or development
  3. being, or serving as, a productive source or influence

Origin of germinal

French from Medieval Latin germinalis from Classical Latin germen (gen. germinis): see germ

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germinal

adjective

  1. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.
  2. Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development: was active in the germinal stages of the space program.

Origin of germinal

French from Latin germen germin- sprout, bud ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.

Related Forms:

  • ger′mi·nal·ly

    adverb

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Adjective

(comparative more germinal, superlative most germinal)

  1. Pertaining or belonging to a germ .
  2. (figuratively) Of or pertaining to something very small, as small as a germ ; pertaining to the essence of something.
    It was only the most germinal idea, to start writing a book, originally.
Proper noun

(plural Germinals)

  1. (historical) The seventh month of the French Republican Calendar, from March 20 or 21 to April 20 or 21.
Origin

From Latin germen (germination)

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germinal – Medical Definition

adj.

Relating to or having the nature of a germ cell.

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  • germi·nal·ly

    adv.

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  • Which established liberty of worship. In the critical days of Germinal and of Prairial of the year III.
  • In this way we may distinguish, first, vegetative reproduction, the result of discontinuous growth of the tissues and cell-layers of the body as a whole, leading to (I) fission, (2) autotomy, or (3) vegetative budding; secondly, germinal reproduction, the result of the reproductive activity of the archaeocytes or germinal tissue.
  • If the germ-cells are undifferentiated, the offspring may arise from many cells or from a single cell; the first type is (4) germinal budding, the second is (5) sporogony.
  • From these facts,, and from those of the sporogony, to be described below, we may regard budding to this type as taking place from the germinal epithelium rather than from ordinary ectoderm.
  • However, both of the statements and figures of Lang and of the facts to be described presently for medusae (Margellium), it is at least theoretically possible that both germinal and vegetative budding may occur in polyps as well as in medusae.
 
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Definition of ‘germinal’

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germinal in British

(ˈdʒɜːmɪnəl
)

adjective

1. 

of, relating to, or like germs or a germ cell
2. 

of, or in the earliest stage of development ; embryonic
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Derived forms

germinally (ˈgerminally)

adverb
Word origin of ‘germinal’

C19: from New Latin germinālis, from Latin germen bud; see germ

Word Frequency







Germinal in British

French (ʒɛrminal)

noun

the month of buds : the seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar , from March 22 to April 20

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germinal in American

(ˈdʒɜrmənəl
; jʉrˈmənəl)

adjective

1. 

of, like, or characteristic of germs or germ cells
2. 

in an embryonic stage; in the first stage of growth or development
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Derived forms

germinally (ˈgerminally)

adverb
Word origin of ‘germinal’

Fr < ML germinalis < L germen (gen. germinis): see germ

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