progenitor

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noun pro·gen·i·tor \prō-ˈje-nə-tər, prə-\

Definition of progenitor

  1. 1 a :  an ancestor in the direct line :  forefather b :  a biologically ancestral form

  2. 2 :  precursor, originator <progenitors of socialist ideas — Times Literary Supplement> <progenitor cells>

Examples of progenitor in a sentence

  1. the progenitors of modern art

  2. wild cats that were the progenitors of the house cat

Origin and Etymology of progenitor

Middle English, from Anglo-French progenitour, from Latin progenitor, from progignere to beget, from pro- forth + gignere to beget — more at kin


First Known Use: 14th century


PROGENITOR Defined for English Language Learners

progenitor

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noun pro·gen·i·tor \prō-ˈje-nə-tər, prə-\

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 Dictionary

progenitor

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noun pro·gen·i·tor \prō-ˈjen-ət-ər, prə-\

Medical Definition of progenitor

  1. 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. 2:  a biologically ancestral form



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