Primary Consumer

Science / Marine Biology / Primary Consumer: A heterotrophic, herbivorous organism that feeds directly on a primary producer. Urchins are a primary consumer as they feed on kelp. See also heterotroph, food chain; compare secondary consumer.

Other Words for Primary

Primary Adjective Synonyms: firsthand, direct, immediate
Primary Adverb Synonyms: first, prime, principal, chief, main, leading, pre-eminent, cardinal, fundamental, basic, essential, predominant, elementary, elemental, underlying
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Consumers

Science / Biology / Consumers: The higher levels in a food pyramid; consist of primary consumers, which feed on the producers, and secondary consumers, which feed on the primary consumers. MORE

Secondary Consumer

Science / Marine Biology / Secondary Consumer: A heterotrophic, carnivorous organism that feeds on a primary consumer. Herring feeding on zooplankton are an example of a secondary consumer. See also food chain, heterotroph, primary consumer. MORE

Primary Key

Technology / Computers / Primary Key: A set of one or more values in a database that uniquely identifies a record in a table. MORE

Primary Growth

Science / Biology / Primary Growth: Cells produced by an apical meristem. The growth a plant by the actions of apical meristems on the shoot and root apices in producing plant primary tisues. MORE

Primary Lenders

Business / Real Estate / Primary Lenders: Originators of real estate loans including commercial banks, savings and loan associations and mutual savings banks. MORE

Primary Market

Business / Finance / Primary Market: Where a newly issued security is first offered. All subsequent trading of this security occurs is done in the secondary market. MORE

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