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PRECURSOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precursor mean? 

PRECURSOR (noun)
  The noun PRECURSOR has 3 senses:

1. a substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction)
2. a person who goes before or announces the coming of another
3. an indication of the approach of something or someone

  Familiarity information: PRECURSOR used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECURSOR (noun)


Sense 1precursor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A substance from which another substance is formed (especially by a metabolic reaction)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("precursor" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)

Domain category:

biochemistry (the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occuring in organisms; the effort to understand biology within the context of chemistry)


Sense 2precursor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who goes before or announces the coming of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

forerunner; precursor

Hypernyms ("precursor" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "precursor"):

predecessor (one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office))


Sense 3precursor [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An indication of the approach of something or someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

harbinger; herald; forerunner; precursor

Hypernyms ("precursor" is a kind of...):

indicant; indication (something that serves to indicate or suggest)


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