progenitor

[ proh-jen-i-ter ]
/ proʊˈdʒɛn ɪ tər /

noun

a biologically related ancestor: a progenitor of the species.
a person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model; predecessor; precursor: the progenitor of modern painting.

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Origin of progenitor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōgenitor the founder of a family. See pro-1, genitor

OTHER WORDS FROM progenitor

pro·gen·i·to·ri·al [proh-jen-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /proʊˌdʒɛn ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivepro·gen·i·tor·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for progenitor

progenitor
/ (prəʊˈdʒɛnɪtə) /

noun

a direct ancestor
an originator or founder of a future development; precursor

Word Origin for progenitor

C14: from Latin: ancestor, from pro- 1 + genitor parent, from gignere to beget
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Medical definitions for progenitor

progenitor
[ prō-jĕnĭ-tər ]

n.

A direct ancestor.
An originator of a line of descent.
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