secondary

[ sek-uhn-der-ee ]
/ ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr i /

adjective

noun, plural sec·ond·ar·ies.


Nearby words

  1. second-homer,
  2. second-rate,
  3. second-story,
  4. second-story man,
  5. second-strike,
  6. secondary abdominal pregnancy,
  7. secondary accent,
  8. secondary adhesion,
  9. secondary adrenocortical insufficiency,
  10. secondary alcohol

Origin of secondary

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word secundārius. See second1, -ary

Related formssec·ond·ar·i·ly [sek-uhn-der-uh-lee, sek-uhn-dair-] /ˈsɛk ənˌdɛr ə li, ˌsɛk ənˈdɛər-/, adverbsec·ond·ar·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for secondary

secondary

/ (ˈsɛkəndərɪ, -drɪ) /

adjective

noun plural -aries

Derived Formssecondarily, adverbsecondariness, noun

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Word Origin and History for secondary

secondary

adj.

late 14c., from Latin secundarius "pertaining to the second class, inferior," from secundus (see second (adj.)). Of colors, from 1831; of education, from 1809. Of sex characteristics from 1780. Opposed to primary or principal. Related: Secondarily.

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Medicine definitions for secondary

secondary

[ sĕkən-dĕr′ē ]

adj.

Of the second rank; not primary.
Inferior.
Minor; lesser.
Derived from what is primary or original.
Of or relating to a chemical compound characterized or formed by replacement of two atoms or radicals within a molecule.
Of, relating to, or being a degree of health care intermediate between that offered in a physician's office and that available at a research hospital, as the care typically offered at a clinic or community hospital.
Related formssec′ond•ari•ly (-dârə-lē) adv.


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Science definitions for secondary

secondary

[ sĕkən-dĕr′ē ]

Relating to a secondary color.
Relating to or derived from either of the lateral meristems (the cork cambium or the vascular cambium) of vascular plants. For example, secondary xylem in a stem is produced by the vascular cambium, as opposed to primary xylem produced by the apical meristem during the original growth of the stem from a seedling. See also secondary growth.
  1. Relating to or having a carbon atom that is attached to two other carbon atoms in a molecule.
  2. Relating to an organic molecule, such as an alcohol, in which the functional group is attached to a secondary carbon.
Relating to a medical condition that arises as a result of another disorder, disease process, or injury. Compare primary tertiary.
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