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Definition of Germ theory
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1. (Biol.) The theory that living organisms can be produced
only by the development of living germs. Cf. Biogenesis,
2. (Med.) The theory which attributes contagious and
infectious diseases, suppurative lesions, etc., to the
agency of germs. The science of bacteriology was developed
after this theory had been established. Germ theoryGerm Germ, n. [F. germe, fr. L. germen, germinis, sprout, but,
germ. Cf. Germen, Germane.]
1. (Biol.) That which is to develop a new individual; as, the
germ of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like; the
earliest form under which an organism appears.
In the entire process in which a new being
originates . . . two distinct classes of action
participate; namely, the act of generation by which
the germ is produced; and the act of development, by
which that germ is evolved into the complete
2. That from which anything springs; origin; first principle;
as, the germ of civil liberty.
Disease germ (Biol.), a name applied to certain tiny
bacterial organisms or their spores, such as Anthrax
bacillus and the Micrococcus of fowl cholera, which have
been demonstrated to be the cause of certain diseases. See
Germ theory (below).
Germ cell (Biol.), the germ, egg, spore, or cell from which
the plant or animal arises. At one time a part of the body
of the parent, it finally becomes detached,and by a
process of multiplication and growth gives rise to a mass
of cells, which ultimately form a new individual like the
parent. See Ovum.
Germ gland. (Anat.) See Gonad.
Germ stock (Zo["o]l.), a special process on which buds are
developed in certain animals. See Doliolum.
Germ theory (Biol.), the theory that living organisms can
be produced only by the evolution or development of living
germs or seeds. See Biogenesis, and Abiogenesis. As
applied to the origin of disease, the theory claims that
the zymotic diseases are due to the rapid development and
multiplication of various bacteria, the germs or spores of
which are either contained in the organism itself, or
transferred through the air or water. See Fermentation
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