Examples of progenitor in a Sentence
the progenitors of modern art
wild cats that were the progenitors of the house cat
Recent Examples of progenitor from the Web
The authors of this 1998 transmogrification are Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott of London’s Improbable Theatre, along with the British musical trio The Tiger Lillies, progenitors of what’s come to be known as Brechtian punk cabaret.
Se Jin-Lee, a molecular biologist at Johns Hopkins, is the progenitor of Mighty Mouse, a rodent altered to block expression of the gene that codes for myostatin, a protein that limits muscle growth.
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PROGENITOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of progenitor for English Language Learners
: someone who first thinks of or does something : a person who begins something
: something that is a model for something else : something that begins the development of something else
biology : a person or animal in the past that is related to a person or animal living now
Medical Definition of progenitor
1: an ancestor of an individual in a direct line of descent along which some or all of the ancestral genes could theoretically have passed
2: a biologically ancestral form
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