adjective sem·i·nal \ˈse-mə-nəl\

: having a strong influence on ideas, works, events, etc., that come later : very important and influential

medical : of or containing semen

Full Definition of SEMINAL

:  of, relating to, or consisting of seed or semen
:  containing or contributing the seeds of later development :  creative, original <a seminal book>
sem·i·nal·ly \-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of SEMINAL

  1. Kandel was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2000 for his seminal observation that it was in the action of the synapses between cells that memory existed, not in the cells themselves, and that a molecule called cyclic AMP was what allowed cells to retain memory over the long term. —Michael Greenberg, New York Review of Books, 4 Dec. 2008

Origin of SEMINAL

Middle English, from Latin seminalis, from semin-, semen seed — more at semen
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with SEMINAL

Medical Dictionary


adjective sem·i·nal \ˈsem-ən-əl\

Medical Definition of SEMINAL

:  of, relating to, or consisting of seed or semen <seminal discharge>


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