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seminal

[sem-uh-nl] /ˈsɛm ə nl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, containing, or consisting of semen.
2.
Botany. of or relating to seed.
3.
having possibilities of future development.
4.
highly original and influencing the development of future events:
a seminal artist; seminal ideas.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin sēminālis, equivalent to sēmin- (stem of sēmen) seed, semen + -ālis -al1
Related forms
seminality, noun
seminally, adverb
interseminal, adjective
preseminal, adjective
Synonyms
4. germinal, primary, formative, innovative.
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British Dictionary definitions for inter-seminal

seminal

/ˈsɛmɪnəl/
adjective
1.
potentially capable of development
2.
highly original, influential, and important
3.
rudimentary or unformed
4.
of or relating to semen: seminal fluid
5.
(biology) of or relating to seed
Derived Forms
seminality, noun
seminally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin sēminālis belonging to seed, from Latin sēmen seed
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Word Origin and History for inter-seminal

seminal

adj.

late 14c., "of seed or semen," from Old French seminal (14c.) and directly from Latin seminalis, from semen (genitive seminis) "seed" (see semen). Figurative sense of "full of possibilities" is attested from 1630s. Related: Seminally; seminality.

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inter-seminal in Medicine

seminal sem·i·nal (sěm'ə-nəl)
adj.
Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.

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