Definition of seminal in English:

seminal

Syllabification: sem·i·nal
Pronunciation: /ˈsemənl
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a work, event, moment, or figure) strongly influencing later developments: his seminal work on chaos theory
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    • The artist has had a seminal influence on the development of modern Irish music, since he first hit the scene in Dublin in the 1960s.
    • In 1870 he produced a seminal volume that would influence generations of garden-makers throughout the world.
    • The rugged brick and timber house he designed for his family on a sloping bush site in Chatswood in 1963 was a seminal work that greatly influenced the development of the Sydney School.
  • 2Of, relating to, or denoting semen.
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    • The seminal plasma of mammals is a complex fluid, which serves as a carrier for the spermatozoa in their journey from the male testes to their target, the female uterus.
    • The seminal plasma of mammals contains a group of acidic proteins that bind to the spermatozoa.
    • At the same time the seminal vesicles and prostate gland contract and release seminal fluid into the urethra.
  • 2.1 Botany Of, relating to, or derived from the seed of a plant.
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    • Upon the death of the seminal root the plant fragments into several independent stolon systems and begins the clonal stage of its life cycle.
    • In the uniform exodermis of seminal roots of Zea mays, intact plasmodesmata were found even in exodermal cells where the walls were suberized.
    • Seminal roots do not form a coleorhiza since the scutellar node tissue is already differentiated when seminal roots emerge and can easily be penetrated.

Derivatives

seminally

adverb
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  • That would place a wholly new perspective on Indian policies in South Asia, no less than the doctrine threatening to seminally reshape U.S. foreign policy.
  • This was spurred on by many magazine articles of the time, most seminally a December 1959 True magazine article describing the discovery of large, mysterious footprints the year before in Bluff Creek, California.
  • A person, it appeared, could pick and choose between several possible explanations; St. Augustine shouted of the ‘The Fall’ and our need for punishment for being seminally present in Adam.

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2): from Old French seminal or Latin seminalis, from semen 'seed'. sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.

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