primordium

noun
pri·​mor·​di·​um | \ prī-ˈmȯr-dē-əm How to pronounce primordium (audio) \
plural primordia\ prī-​ˈmȯr-​dē-​ə How to pronounce primordium (audio) \

Definition of primordium

: the rudiment or commencement of a part or organ

Examples of primordium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sun spells out a half-century of empirical research, along with the roles of complex genetic signals, hormones, chromosomes and a small group of cells called the bipotential primordium. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Marjorie Taylor Greene wants us to ‘trust the science’ on transgender rights. Here’s the science.," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of primordium

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primordium

borrowed from German Primordium, borrowed from Latin prīmōrdium (in plural prīmōrdia) "beginnings, origin, source, elementary stage" — more at primordial

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The first known use of primordium was in 1855

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28 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Primordium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primordium. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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primordium

noun
pri·​mor·​di·​um | \ -ē-əm How to pronounce primordium (audio) \
plural primordia\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce primordium (audio) \

Medical Definition of primordium

: the rudiment or commencement of a part or organ : anlage the gonadal primordium

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