An- (prefix)
Prefix very much employed in medicine and all of the health sciences, indicating "not, without, or -less." For example, the prefix "an" figures into these words: anemia (without blood), anophthalmia (no eye), anotia (no ear), anoxia (no oxygen). The “an-” usually becomes “a-” before a consonant as, for example, in alexia (not read), aphagia (not eat), aphonia (not voice, voiceless). The prefix “an-” comes from the Greek meaning “not.”

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  • an-even — † an ˈeven, phr. Obs. [see an prefix 1 and even. Cf. a morwen, a morrow.] At eve, in the evening …   Useful english dictionary

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  • AN — is the indefinite article in English; see a and an.An, AN, aN, or an may also refer to: Culture and language * An (Chinese name) * An alternative romanisation for Ahn (Korean name) * An (mythology), a god in Sumerian mythology * An (goddess), a… …   Wikipedia

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  • Prefix — Pre*fix , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prefixed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prefixing}.] [L. praefixus, p. p. of praefigere to fix or fasten before; prae before + figere to fix: cf. F. pr[ e]fix fixed beforehand, determined, pr[ e]fixer to prefix. See Fix.] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prefix — [prē′fiks΄; ] for v., also [ prē fiks′] vt. [ME prefyxen < MFr prefixer < L praefixus, pp. of praefigere < prae , before (see PRE ) + figere, to FIX] 1. to fix to the beginning of a word, etc.; esp., to add as a prefix 2. Rare to fix… …   English World dictionary

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