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precursor

 [pre-ker´ser]
something that precedes. In biological processes, a substance from which another, usually more active or mature substance, is formed. In clinical medicine, a sign or symptom that heralds another.

pre·cur·sor

(prē-kŭr'sŏr),
That which precedes another or from which another is derived, applied especially to a physiologically inactive substance that is converted to an active enzyme, vitamin, hormone, etc., or to a chemical substance that is built into a larger structure in the course of synthesizing the latter.
[L. praecursor, fr. prae-, pre- + curro, to run]

precursor

/pre·cur·sor/ (pre´kur-ser) something that precedes. In biological processes, a substance from which another, usually more active or mature, substance is formed. In clinical medicine, a sign or symptom that heralds another.precur´sory

precursor

(prĭ-kûr′sər, prē′kûr′sər)
n.
A biochemical substance, such as an intermediate compound in a chain of enzymatic reactions, from which a more stable or definitive product is formed: a precursor of insulin.

precursor

[-kur′sər]
Etymology: L, prae + currere, to run
1 something preceding, or coming before, another.
2 a prognostic characteristic or feature of a patient's health data, such as a radiographic or laboratory finding, that is associated with a higher or lower risk of death than the average.

pre·cur·sor

(prē'kŭrs-ŏr)
That which precedes another or from which another is derived, applied especially to a physiologically inactive substance that is converted to an active enzyme, vitamin, or hormone, or to a chemical substance that is built into a larger structure in the course of synthesizing the latter.
[L. praecursor, fr. prae-, pre- + curro, to run]

precursor

a form that precedes another. For example:
  1. (a) a substance that precedes and is involved in the synthesis of a compound, such as any of the intermediates in the synthesis of an AMINO ACID.
  2. (b) a cell from which other cells develop.
  3. (c) a molecule that is subjected to modification to provide an active molecule, such as the enzymic cleavage of TRYPSINOGEN to yield TRYPSIN (see ZYMOGEN).

precursor

physiologically inactive substance that converts to active form, e.g. provitamin; prohormone

pre·cur·sor

(prē'kŭrs-ŏr)
That which precedes another or from which another is derived.
[L. praecursor, fr. prae-, pre- + curro, to run]

precursor

something that precedes. In biological processes, a substance from which another, usually more active or mature substance is formed. In clinical medicine, a clinical sign or syndrome that heralds another.

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