Noun germ has 3 senses
  1. source, seed, germ - anything that provides inspiration for later work
    --1 is a kind of inspiration
    --1 has particulars: taproot; muse
    Derived form: verb germinate2
  2. germ - a small simple structure (as a fertilized egg) from which new tissue can develop into a complete organism
    --2 is a kind of
    structure, anatomical structure, complex body part, bodily structure, body structure
    Derived form: verb germinate1
  3. microbe, bug, germ - a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
    --3 is a kind of microorganism