Minor
A minor is someone who is not yet an adult and, in a larger sense, it is something that is less than something else. For example, the teres minor muscle is smaller than the teres major muscle. In anatomy, wherever there is a minor, there is also a major. Minor also enters into the idea of a "locus minoris resistentiae", Latin meaning a place of less resistance. A locus minoris resistentiae offers little resistance to microorganisms. A damaged heart valve acts as a locus minoris resistentiae, a place where any bacteria in the bloodstream tend to settle. The concept of a locus minoris resistentiae is an old but still valid one.
* * *
Smaller; lesser; denoting the smaller of two similar structures. [L.]

* * *

mi·nor 'mī-nər adj not serious or involving risk to life <\minor illness> <a \minor operation> compare MAJOR
minor n a person of either sex under the age of legal qualification for adult rights and responsibilities that has traditionally been 21 in the U.S. but is now 18 in many states or sometimes less under certain circumstances (as marriage or pregnancy)

* * *

mi·nor (miґnər) insignificant; small or least in scope, effect, number, size, extent, or importance.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • minor — mi·nor 1 n: a person who has not yet reached the age of majority compare adult, juvenile, major minor 2 adj 1 a: being less important or serious …   Law dictionary

  • Minor — ist der Name folgender Personen: Edward S. Minor (1840–1924), US amerikanischer Politiker Ilka Minor (* 1975), österreichische Rallye Beifahrerin Inge Minor (* 1936), deutsche Eiskunstläuferin Jakob Minor (1855–1912), österreichischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • minor — MINÓR, Ă, minori, e. adj. 1. (Adesea substantivat) Care nu a împlinit încă vârsta la care îşi poate exercita toate drepturile. 2. Lipsit de importanţă, neînsemnat, secundar; p. ext. şters, slab. 3. (muz.; în sintagmele) Mod minor = mod a cărui… …   Dicționar Român

  • Minor — • That which is less, or inferior in comparison with another, the term being employed as well of things as of persons Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Minor     Minor      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • minor — [mī′nər] adj. [ME menour < L minor < IE * minu , small < base * mei , to lessen > Gr meiōn, less, ON minni, smaller] 1. a) lesser in size, amount, number, or extent b) lesser in importance or rank 2. under full legal age (usually… …   English World dictionary

  • minor — mi nor (m[imac] n[ e]r), a. [L., a comparative with no positive; akin to AS. min small, G. minder less, OHG. minniro, a., min, adv., Icel. minni, a., minnr, adv., Goth. minniza, a., mins, adv., Ir. & Gael. min small, tender, L. minuere to lessen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Minor — Mi nor, n. 1. A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty one years of age. [1913 Webster] Note: In hereditary monarchies, the minority …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Minor — Nom porté en Bretagne (22, 29), également écrit Le Minor, Le Mineur (22). Il correspond au breton minor , équivalent du français mineur (d âge), qui a souvent désigné un pupille, l orphelin d un seul parent et, localement, un héritier unique ou… …   Noms de famille

  • Minor — Minor, AL U.S. Census Designated Place in Alabama Population (2000): 1116 Housing Units (2000): 471 Land area (2000): 0.694337 sq. miles (1.798324 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.694337 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • minor — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having little importance, seriousness, or significance. 2) Music having or based on intervals of a semitone between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth, and the seventh and eighth. Contrasted with… …   English terms dictionary

  • Minor — Minor,   Jakob, österreichischer Literaturhistoriker, * Wien 15. 4. 1855, ✝ ebenda 7. 10. 1912; ab 1882 Professor in Mailand, ab 1884 in Prag, ab 1888 in Wien; Abhandlungen zur deutschen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts, v. a. zu Schiller und… …   Universal-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”