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adjective pri·ma·ry \ˈprī-ˌmer-ē, ˈprīm-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of primary

  1. 1a:  first in order of time or development:  relating to or being the deciduous teeth and especially the 20 deciduous teeth in the human setb:  arising spontaneously :  idiopathic <primary insomnia> <the absence of any pelvic abnormality confirmed the diagnosis of primary dysmenorrhea>:  being an initial tumor or site especially of cancer <efforts to find the primary tumor have failed—Raphael Feinmesser>c:  providing primary care <a primary physician>

  2. 2:  not derivable from other colors, odors, or tastes

  3. 3:  belonging to the first group or order in successive divisions, combinations, or ramifications <primary nerves>

  4. 4:  of, relating to, or being the amino acid sequence in proteins <primary protein structure>—compare secondary 3, tertiary 2c

  5. 5:  resulting from the substitution of one of two or more atoms or groups in a molecule; especially :  being or characterized by a carbon atom having a bond to only one other carbon atom




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primary

noun pri·ma·ry

Medical Definition of primary

plural -ries





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