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[prahy-mawr-dee-uh m]
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noun, plural pri·mor·di·a [prahy-mawr-dee-uh] /praɪˈmɔr di ə/. Embryology.
  1. the first recognizable, histologically differentiated stage in the development of an organ.
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Origin of primordium

1665–75; < Latin prīmōrdium, in plural: beginnings, elementary stage, equivalent to prīm(us) first (see prime) + ōrd(īrī) to begin + -ium -ium; cf. exordium
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  • According to the author, anlage may be variously rendered as rudiment, inception or primordium.

    The Popular Science Monthly, July, 1900


British Dictionary definitions for primordium


noun plural -dia (-dɪə)
  1. biology an organ or part in the earliest stage of development
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primordium in Medicine


n. pl. pri•mor•di•a (-dē-ə)
  1. An aggregation of cells in the embryo indicating the first trace of an organ or structure.
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