# When a radical (or semiprime) ideal is prime?

In a commutative ring, we know that every prime ideal is radical. So I'm looking for results about the converse but I only found this: A radical ideal in a commutative ring is prime if and only if it is not an intersection of two radical ideals properly containing it?

• If $Q$ is a primary ideal, then its radical is prime. Nov 10, 2016 at 15:50
An ideal in a commutative ring is prime iff it is radical and meet-irreducible. $I$ is meet-irreducible if whenever $I=J\cap K$, then $I=J$ or $I=K$.
• Mmm it seems that "meet-irreducible" is basically the same condition that I found in the link that's in my question, being the only diffference that we don't need $J$ and $K to be radical ideals, just only ideals, right? – Xam Nov 10, 2016 at 16:25 • Yes. If$I=\textrm{rad}(I)$and$I=J\cap K$, then$I=\textrm{rad}(J)\cap \textrm{rad}(K)$. So if$I\$ is radical, then it is meet-irreducible in the lattice of all ideals iff it is meet-irreducible in the lattice of radical ideals. Nov 10, 2016 at 16:31