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primate

 [pri´māt]
an individual belonging to the highest order of mammals, Primates, which includes human beings, apes, monkeys, and lemurs.

pri·mate

(prī'māt),
An individual of the order Primates.
[L. primus, first]

primate

(prī′mĭt, -māt′)
n.
(prī′māt′) Any of various mammals of the order Primates, which consists of the lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and apes including humans, and is characterized by nails on the hands and feet, a short snout, and a large brain.

pri·ma′tial (-mā′shəl) adj.

primate

[prī′māt, prī′mit]
Etymology: L, primus, first
a member of the order of mammals that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans. Most primates have large brains, stereoscopic vision, and hands and feet developed for grasping.

pri·mate

(prī'māt)
An individual of the order Primates.
[L. primus, first]

primate

any member of the mammalian order Primates, including lemurs, tarsiers, monkeys, apes and humans. These mammals have a placenta, possess nails rather than claws, and usually have a thumb and big toe which are opposable to the other digits, allowing objects to be grasped. All possess a relatively large brain and have well developed eyesight, often with BINOCULAR VISION.

pri·mate

(prī'māt)
An individual of the order Primates.
[L. primus, first]

primate (prī´māt),

n a member of the biologic order of animals of the chordate class Mammalia. The primate order includes lemurs, monkeys, apes, and humans.
primate space,
n the spacing between the primary canine and primary first molar that normally occurs in the anterior primary dentition in children.

primate

an animal belonging to the highest order of mammals, Primates, which includes humans and the nonhuman primates, the apes, monkeys, lemurs, tree-shrews, lorises, aye-ayes, pottos, bush babies and tarsiers. They are characterized by being plantigrade, pentadactyl, by having clavicles, a complete dentition without specialized molars, a voluminous and complicated brain and a supple hand with a thumb that can be approximated to any of the fingers. They have excellent sight and are highly adapted to an arboreal existence, including the possession by some of a prehensile tail.
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