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noun as in bacteria

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The authors categorized responses that indicated a misunderstanding of possible benefit as “germs are germs” beliefs.

So, they ask, what if germs, looking to spread, drive people to perform rituals?

Essentially, Panchin et al. have noticed that some rituals spread germs.

In fact, it would seem insane to someone in the early 19th century to fear ‘germs.’

We just assume that germs exist—the 5-second rule and everything.

"Heavens knows what we have swallowed," muttered Gwynne, who had served on sanitary boards and heard much talk of germs.

The germs of a new life, says Dr. Lbke, were in embryo in the dying antique world.

Free them from the net, and it falls to pieces, while the roots remain intact, the solid and persistent primitive germs of speech.

Specific houses seem to have in them the very germs of immorality and degeneracy.

Heathen though the Danes were, they brought some ideas of settled government and the germs of national progress.


On this page you'll find 25 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to germs, such as: bacilli, microbes, organisms, and pathogens.

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