- 1A person or thing that comes before another of the same kind; a forerunner: a three-stringed precursor of the violinMore example sentences
- In so doing, Coram created London's first art gallery, a precursor of the Royal Academy.
- The pre-meal selection of chutneys is a precursor of the sharp flavours to come.
- What appeals to me is that it's a precursor of Pinter and a follower of Coward.
- 1.1A substance from which another is formed, especially by metabolic reaction: pepsinogen is the inactive precursor of pepsinMore example sentences
- Plant substances make precursors of human sex hormones that can be converted in the body.
- The plaque is an accumulation of amino acid protein precursors called A-Beta.
- It also contains various plant steroids that serve as hormone precursors as well as vitamin B 12 and carotene.
late Middle English: from Latin praecursor, from praecurs- 'preceded', from praecurrere, from prae 'beforehand' + currere 'to run'.