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rudiment

[roo-duh-muh nt] /ˈru də mənt/
noun
1.
Usually, rudiments.
  1. the elements or first principles of a subject:
    the rudiments of grammar.
  2. a mere beginning, first slight appearance, or undeveloped or imperfect form of something:
    the rudiments of a plan.
2.
Biology. an organ or part incompletely developed in size or structure, as one in an embryonic stage, one arrested in growth, or one with no functional activity, as a vestige.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin rudīmentum early training, first experience, initial stage, equivalent to rudi(s) unformed, rough (see rude) + -mentum -ment (-ī- for -i- after verbal derivatives)
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Examples for rudiment
  • Similar to cows, the pronghorn has a rudiment stomach, or a four-part stomach.
British Dictionary definitions for rudiment

rudiment

/ˈruːdɪmənt/
noun
1.
(often pl) the first principles or elementary stages of a subject
2.
(often pl) a partially developed version of something
3.
(biology) an organ or part in its earliest recognizable form, esp one in an embryonic or vestigial state
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rudīmentum a beginning, from rudis unformed; see rude
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Word Origin and History for rudiment
n.

1540s, from Middle French rudiment (16c.) or directly from Latin rudimentum "early training, first experience, beginning, first principle," from rudis "unlearned, untrained" (see rude). Related: Rudiments.

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rudiment in Medicine

rudiment ru·di·ment (rōō'də-mənt)
n.

  1. An imperfectly or incompletely developed organ or part.

  2. Something in an incipient or undeveloped form. Often used in the plural.

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