Definition of origin in English:
1The point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived: a novel theory about the origin of oil the name is Norse in origin the terminology has its origins in America
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- In Ireland and Great Britain, sacred wells derive their distant origins from megalithic and Celtic times.
- The islands are volcanic in origin, having arisen from a mantle hotspot, and they have never been connected to the mainland.
- Martial arts is a broad term that covers a variety of schools and forms whose unity derives only from their origins in the arts of war and single combat.
1.1A person’s social background or ancestry: they will be asked about their ethnic origin a voice that betrays his Southern origins
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- Born in Dublin and sent to an orphanage, his social origins and date of birth remain obscure.
- It took years of archeological excavation to trace the origins and ancestry of various races.
- In terms of social origins, most came from a peasant background, reflecting their rural births.
2 Anatomy The place or point where a muscle, nerve, or other body part arises, in particular.
2.1The more fixed end or attachment of a muscle.
- It is usually placed on a level above and behind the condyloid origin of flexor carpi ulnaris.
- It then exits the cubital tunnel by passing between the two heads of the origin of the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle.
- The insertion of gastrocnemius is discussed following the description of the origin of the soleus muscle.
2.2A place where a nerve or blood vessel begins or branches from a main nerve or blood vessel.
- In cases of two cystic arteries, their origins have been reported as follows.
- Branches of the anterior and posterior divisions or the internal iliac may exchange origins.
- Exceptional origins of esophageal arteries occurred on the right side in 3 specimens.
3 Mathematics A fixed point from which coordinates are measured, as where axes intersect.
- Given ABC, we may assume its vertices lie on a circle centered at the origin of a Cartesian coordinate system.
- Let u and v denote two positions on a chromosome, measured in a scale in morgan units with the coordinate origin at the target locus.
- In fact, from the point P which is at distance d from the origin measured along a radius vector, the distance from P to the pole is d sec b.
Early 16th century: from French origine, from Latin origo, origin-, from oriri 'to rise'.
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