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quaternary

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adjective qua·ter·na·ry \ˈkwä-tə(r)-ˌner-ē, kwə-ˈtər-nə-rē\

Definition of quaternary

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or consisting of four units or members b :  of, relating to, or being a number system with a base of four

  2. 2 capitalized :  of, relating to, or being the geological period from the end of the Tertiary to the present time or the corresponding system of rocks — see geologic time table

  3. 3 :  consisting of, containing, or being an atom bonded to four other atoms



Origin and Etymology of quaternary

Latin quaternarius, from quaterni four each


First Known Use: 1605


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quaternary

noun qua·ter·na·ry

Definition of quaternary

plural

quaternaries

  1. 1 capitalized :  the Quaternary period or system of rocks

  2. 2 :  a member of a group fourth in order or rank



1880

First Known Use of quaternary

1880

Rhymes with quaternary

actuary, adversary, airy-fairy, ancillary, antiquary, apiary, arbitrary, aviary, axillary, bacillary, beriberi, bestiary, biliary, black raspberry, Bloody Mary, boysenberry, breviary, budgetary, calamari, calamary, candleberry, Canterbury, capillary, carpellary, cassowary, catenary, cautionary, cavitary, cemetery, centenary, certiorari, checkerberry, chinaberry, cometary, commentary, commissary, condottiere, coralberry, corollary, coronary, culinary, customary, dictionary, dietary, dignitary, dromedary, dysentery, elderberry, emissary, estuary, farkleberry, February, formulary, fragmentary, fritillary, functionary, funerary, honorary, huckleberry, intermarry, janissary, January, lamasery, lapidary, lectionary, legendary, legionary, lingonberry, literary, loganberry, luminary, mammillary, mandatary, maxillary, medullary, mercenary, miliary, military, millenary, milliary, millinery, missionary, momentary, monastery, mortuary, necessary, ordinary, ossuary, partridgeberry, pensionary, pigmentary, planetary, Pondicherry, prebendary, presbytery, pulmonary, red mulberry, reliquary, rowanberry, salivary, salmonberry, salutary, sanctuary, sanguinary, sanitary, secondary, secretary, sedentary, seminary, silverberry, solitary, sour cherry, stationary, stationery, statuary, subcontrary, sublunary, sugarberry, sumptuary, syllabary, temporary, tertiary, thimbleberry, Tipperary, Tom and Jerry, topiary, tributary, tutelary, Typhoid Mary, unitary, urinary, vestiary, Virgin Mary, visionary, voluntary, vulnerary, Waterbury, whortleberry, winterberry


Medical Dictionary

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quaternary

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adjective qua·ter·na·ry \ˈkwät-ə(r)-ˌner-ē, kwə-ˈtər-nə-rē\

Medical Definition of quaternary

  1. :  consisting of, containing, or being an atom bonded to four other atoms




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quaternary

noun qua·ter·na·ry

Medical Definition of quaternary

plural

quaternaries




Learn More about quaternary

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of quaternary


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