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prime

(prīm) [L. primus, first]
1. The period of greatest health and strength.
2. To give an initial treatment in preparation for either a larger dose of the same medicine, or a different medicine.

prime

n : a cue given to prompt, facilitate or inhibit a particular response in experimental studies; or v : the act of presenting a prime.

prime

first grade or best quality.
References in classic literature ?
Hook entirely supports the Prime Minister," assented Harker.
Or the Prime Minister entirely supports Hook," said Horne Fisher, and began idly to knock the balls about on the billiard table.
Everybody is saying," he said, "that the Prime Minister has made the greatest speech of his life.
The Duke assented, and waited while the secretary locked up the papers which the Prime Minister had been examining, and prepared others to be carried into the House.
Devenham," the Prime Minister said, "we were speaking, a few minutes ago, of Prince Maiyo.
I am afraid you are right," the Prime Minister declared.
For example, in the sequence 3, 5, 7, each prime number is 2 more than the preceding one.
In addition, a luncheon was held to close the IRI forum, at which time the university coordinators, chairpersons, and prime study group members were honored for their efforts in the development of IRI publications.
Some well-known organizations, however, have suffered large losses because of their investments in phony " prime bank" financial instruments.
Prime Sports West agreed to an unspecified increase in its rights to Lakers cable telecasts because of O'Neal's signing - likely a hefty chunk of change.
Lucas, Chairman of Command stated, "The acquisition of Prime Source is a significant part of the company's overall strategy to expand its financial services business to include health care and medical services.
Prime Resource has based these forward-looking statements on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections.