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primordial

[ prahy-mawr-dee-uhl ]
/ praɪˈmɔr di əl /
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adjective

constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; original; elementary: primordial forms of life.
Embryology. first formed.
pertaining to or existing at or from the very beginning: primordial matter.

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Origin of primordial

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin prīmōrdiālis of the beginning. See primordium, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM primordial

pri·mor·di·al·i·ty [prahy-mawr-dee-al-i-tee], /praɪˌmɔr diˈæl ɪ ti/, nounpri·mor·di·al·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH primordial

primal, primeval, primordial
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British Dictionary definitions for primordial

primordial
/ (praɪˈmɔːdɪəl) /

adjective

existing at or from the beginning; earliest; primeval
constituting an origin; fundamental
biology of or relating to an early stage of developmentprimordial germ cells

noun

an elementary or basic principle

Derived forms of primordial

primordiality, nounprimordially, adverb

Word Origin for primordial

C14: from Late Latin prīmōrdiālis original, from Latin prīmus first + ōrdīrī to begin
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Medical definitions for primordial

primordial
[ prī-môrdē-əl ]

adj.

Being or happening first in sequence of time; primary; original.
Belonging to or characteristic of the earliest stage of development of an organism or part.
Relating to a primordium.
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