primordial


pri·mor·di·al

adjective \prī-ˈmr-dē-əl\

: existing from the beginning of time : very ancient

Full Definition of PRIMORDIAL

1
a :  first created or developed :  primeval 1
b :  existing in or persisting from the beginning (as of a solar system or universe) <a primordial gas cloud>
c :  earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ :  primitive <primordial cells>
2
:  fundamental, primary <primordial human joys — Sir Winston Churchill>
pri·mor·di·al·ly \-dē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of PRIMORDIAL

  1. <all life on Earth supposedly came from a primordial ooze in existence many millions of years ago>

Origin of PRIMORDIAL

Middle English, from Late Latin primordialis, from Latin primordium origin, from primus first + ordiri to begin — more at prime, order
First Known Use: 14th century

pri·mor·di·al

adjective \prī-ˈmrd-ē-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PRIMORDIAL

: earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ : primitive <the primordial skeleton>

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