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1. a source or cause of something
2. (Theology) (often capitals) (esp in philosophy) God considered as the uncaused creator of all beings apart from himself
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Noun1.first cause - an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause; "God is the first cause"
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
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The primum movens of the article by Jiang and colleagues was to clarify what is behind serious suicide attempts in rural China.111 Whilst the severity of the act in the paper is only qualified through the length of stay in hospital (no clinical procedures or measures of level of coma are mentioned), the identified sample appears to be satisfactorily homogeneous.
In fact LDH increase already even some days before PRES would further support the role of asymptomatic or subclinical endothelial dysfunction/injury as the primum movens in both hypertensive and normotensive patients.
The co-localization of morphometric and functional changes demonstrates the precise anatomical location for the central nervous system lesion of cluster headache and suggests an involvement of this area as a primum movens in acute attack9.