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.
[French, from Latin germen, germin-, sprout, bud; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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