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primordium Line breaks: prim|or¦dium
Pronunciation: /prʌɪˈmɔːdɪəm/

Definition of primordium in English:

noun (plural primordia prʌɪˈmɔːdɪə)

An organ, structure, or tissue in the earliest stage of development: the primordium of the pituitary the axils of the leaf primordia
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  • Although mitoses were still detected in leaf primordia of that stage, cell differentiation had already started.
  • In flowers, both genes are expressed throughout inflorescence and floral meristems and in developing organ primordia.
  • The development is initiated as a hyphal knot of 0.2 mm or less in diameter, which rapidly develops into a tiny primordium containing the rudimentary tissues of the future pileus and stipe.


Late 19th century: from Latin, neuter of primordius 'original', from primus 'first' + ordiri 'begin'.

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