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primitive

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adjective prim·i·tive \ˈprim-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of primitive

  1. 1:  closely approximating an early ancestral type :  little evolved

  2. 2:  belonging to or characteristic of an early stage of development <primitive cells>

  3. prim·i·tive·ly adverb





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