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germinal

[jur-muh-nl] /ˈdʒɜr mə nl/
adjective
1.
being in the earliest stage of development:
germinal ideas.
2.
of or relating to a germ or germs.
3.
of the nature of a germ or germ cell.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; (< F) < Latin germin- (stem of germen sprout, bud; see germ) + -al1
Related forms
germinally, adverb
nongerminal, adjective
subgerminal, adjective
subgerminally, adverb

Germinal

[jur-muh-nl; French zher-mee-nal] /ˈdʒɜr mə nl; French ʒɛr miˈnal/
noun
1.
(in the French Revolutionary calendar) the seventh month of the year, extending from March 21 to April 19.
2.
(italics) a novel (1884) by Émile Zola.
Origin
< French; see germinal
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British Dictionary definitions for germinal

germinal

/ˈdʒɜːmɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or like germs or a germ cell
2.
of, or in the earliest stage of development; embryonic
Derived Forms
germinally, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin germinālis, from Latin germen bud; see germ

Germinal

/ʒɛrminal/
noun
1.
the month of buds: the seventh month of the French revolutionary calendar, from March 22 to April 20
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Word Origin and History for germinal
adj.

1808, from Modern Latin germinalis "in the germ," from Latin germen (genitive germinis) "sprout, bud, sprig, offshoot" (see germ) + -al (1).

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germinal in Medicine

germinal ger·mi·nal (jûr'mə-nəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or having the nature of a germ cell.

  2. Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development of an embryo or organism.

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