Basal vs Primal - What's the difference?

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Basal is a related term of primal.

As adjectives the difference between basal and primal

is that basal is relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin while primal is being the first in time, or history.

As a noun basal

is (anatomy) any basal structure or part.




(en adjective)
  • Relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin.
  • (chiefly, systematics) In a phylogenetic tree, being a group, or member of a group, which diverged earlier.
  • Hittite is a basal Indo-European language.
    A magnolia is a basal angiosperm.

    Derived terms

    * basal metabolism * basal reader


    (en noun)
  • (anatomy) Any basal structure or part
  • See also

    * basilar * ("basal" on Wikipedia)






  • Being the first in time, or history.
  • primal man
  • Being of greatest importance; primary.
  • (meat trade) Being one of the pieces of meat initially separated from the carcass during butchering, prior to division into smaller cuts.
  • Synonyms

    * (first in time or history ): aboriginal, primaeval/primeval, primordial * (being of greatest importance ): primary

    Derived terms

    * primal therapist * primal therapy * primality * primally