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Meaning of PRECURSOR

Pronunciation:  pri'kursur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an indication of the approach of something or someone
  2. [n]  a person who goes before or announces the coming of another

PRECURSOR is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: forerunner, forerunner, harbinger, herald
 See Also: human, indicant, indication, individual, mortal, person, predecessor, somebody, someone, soul



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*cur"sor\, n. [L. praecursor, fr. praecurrere to
run before; prae before + currere to run. See {Course}.]
One who, or that which, precedes an event, and indicates its
approach; a forerunner; a harbinger.

      Evil thoughts are the invisible, airy precursors of all
      the storms and tempests of the soul.     --Buckminster.

Syn: Predecessor; forerunner; harbinger; messenger; omen;

Biology Dictionary
  1. A molecule which exists as an ingredient, reactant, or intermediate in an anabolic pathway that synthesizes a particular product. The molecule is described as the "precursor" of that product. For example, procollagen is the precursor molecule for collagen because collagen is made from it.
  2. A condition or set of conditions which precedes something and/or is necessary for something to occur.
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