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seminal

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛmɪn(ə)l
 
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Definition of seminal in English:

adjective

1Strongly influencing later developments: his seminal work on chaos theory
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
influential, formative, groundbreaking, pioneering, original, creative, innovative;
imaginative, productive, major, important
2Relating to or denoting semen: the spermatozoa are washed to separate them from the seminal plasma
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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.
Synonyms
2.1 Botany Relating to or derived from the seed of a plant: the seminal root system
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

seminally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

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