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Give a picture to stand for the word "germ"

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Germs are invisible and intangible, but they're real and cause great damage. Merely saying "germs" doesn't give one concrete idea or picture of how they look. For the benefit of all, young and old alike, give a picture, a drawing or a clipart of a germ that will altogether encompass or represent virus, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa as one. Then explain why the clipart or image best represent the word "germ".
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There is no need to apologize to me or anyone else. What I said was merely intended to be advise, with the sole purpose of improving the overall Mybestanswer experience (for you and I - for everyone!) We all had a learning curve and you are a new member, it is inevitable, we all made the same types of mistakes! There was no negativity implied by the information I provided, nor is there any need to apologize. Your very welcome for my advice, you'll surely have the opportunity to pass some on one day to someone else, at some point. You never need say your sorry for making a "non-disastrous" mistake!

As far as germs go, I have no pictures, but a microorganism (or microbe for short) is a more appropriate term to use for this type of purpose. it basically refers to any organism (a.k.a. life-form) too small to see individually with the naked eye, be it a bacterium, a protozoan, a viri, or a mycoses. The diversity of such organisms lead to a similarly diverse look for each if examined under the microscope, first made feasibly possible by the modern microscope capable of visualizing the microscopic realm by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek during the 17th century, and opening up hundreds if not thousands of new new fields in this area!

A pathogen is a microorganism capable of causing disease of some sort. Some only do so when conditions permit, until such a time they just basically stand waiting for the moment to 'strike', and we call them opportunistic microbes or pathogens. The subdivisions can be enormously complex and divided according to whatever criterion the user wants, such as whether they require oxygen, aerobe microbes, the lack of oxygen, anaerobe, or can change between such states depending on the conditions (facilitative aerobes vs. obligate anaerobe, etc.)

Microbes is the simplest name you might use to describe such organism, and pathogens as the 'bad ones' if talking to a physician or even introducing some children. Germs is a name that has never faded away for our vocabulary, yet it's meaning stems from he lac of understanding of WHAT was really going on when some sickness were transmitted while others were not. Still others' seemed to be more apt to cause a particular disease in certain individuals more or less that others! IT wasn't until Louis Pasteur came up with the idea that they were invisible, or microscopic 'organisms' moving between hosts (such as worms moving from a enclosed group of cows to another SEPERATE enclosed group, and carrying the disease!)

The word still carries with it a certain degree if 'ignorance' if you pardon my bluntness! for we now know that germs are things (living things, that are simply microscopic) and using various vecors ? aerosolized moisture from a sneeze or possibly with some microbial types they can live outside of the body are are transmitted by a secondary inorganic medium (a 'fomite'). This is why the term is still occasionally used with young children, although it is best avoided, since it can be carried forward in life, and is rather outdated and shows a lack of understanding inherent in the overall process of contagious infections!

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That's not what the 'edit' feature is intended to be used for when applied to the question title/description. It should only be used to make such drastic changes IF no one has answer yet. Such as if some length of time has passed and you can't seem to find anyone that has an answer to the question. Or if there are spelling or grammatical errors, even just minor clarifications to the wording. But if people have already answered, you really shouldn't completely change what the question is asking. That is simply unfair to those that tried to answer, and were actually correct.

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Don't you think it's a little unfair to change your question five days after it's already been answered? Your original question did not ask for a '... a picture, a drawing or a clipart of a germ that will altogether encompass or represent virus, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa as one...' You didn't even recognize the word germ as a colloquial term that represented more than one kind of microorganism.

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A germ is a living thing which is so small, we cannot see it. Germs are everywhere. If we touch germs with our hands or lips or any part of our bodies, we may get very sick.

This is not a traditional definition but it will help small children to understand that the danger of germs is everywhere. I have been attempting to explain this exact thing my six year old granddaughter.

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This picture best represents the term 'germ' as it shows that germ is a small living thing that are found everywhere but it is not visible.

The 'germs' in the picture shows nasty faces which conclude how dangerous they are. With the disgusting colors of the germs, it may give an opinion on how harmful germs can be.

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Germs are microorganisms so they are not invisible, since you can see them with the help of a microscope. The following picture is of a colony of germs as seen under a microscope. Although you can not touch and feel a germ, there are many microscopic germs always present in air and on surfaces, so you are touching them in a way.

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The word germ is a colloquial term for a microorganism. That includes viruses, bacteria and parasites. Is there one in particular in which you are interested? Their descriptions vary widely.

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My sincere apologies. I did change my question to make myself clear and to elicit a better response.

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Hi, Newibr81 My sincere apologies and thanking you so much for the advise.

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