Hypo- (prefix)
Prefix meaning low, under, beneath, down, below normal. For example, hypocalcemia is low calcium in the blood and hyposensitivity is undersensitivity. The opposite of hypo- is hyper-, as in hypercalcemia, high blood calcium and as in hypersensitivity, oversensitivity.

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  • Hypo- — Hy po [Gr. ? under, beneath; akin to L. sub. See {Sub }.] 1. A prefix signifying a less quantity, or a low state or degree, of that denoted by the word with which it is joined, or position under or beneath. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) A prefix… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hypo- — [hī′pō, hī′pə; hip′ō, hip′ə] [Gr hypo < hypo, under, less than: see UP1] prefix 1. under, beneath, below [hypodermic] 2. less than, subordinated to [hypotaxis] 3. Chem. having a lower state of oxidation [hypophosphorous acid] …   English World dictionary

  • hypo- — [haıpəu, pə US pou, pə] prefix technical [: Late Latin; Origin: Greek, from hypo under ] less than usual, especially too little ▪ hypothermia (=condition in which your body temperature is too low) ▪ a hypodermic injection (=given under the skin) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hypo- — [haıpəu, pə US pou, pə] prefix technical [: Late Latin; Origin: Greek, from hypo under ] less than usual, especially too little ▪ hypothermia (=condition in which your body temperature is too low) ▪ a hypodermic injection (=given under the skin) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hypo- — (also hyp ) ► PREFIX 1) under: hypodermic. 2) below normal: hypoglycaemia. 3) slightly: hypomanic. ORIGIN from Greek hupo under …   English terms dictionary

  • hypo- — (prefix) under, below, beneath, lower than, small size, deficiency …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • hypo- — prefix technical less than usual, especially too little: dying of hypothermia (=too low body temperature) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hypo- — prefix.; see hyp …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • hypo- — prefix (before a vowel or h usu. hyp ) 1 under (hypodermic). 2 below normal (hypoxia). 3 slightly (hypomania). 4 Chem. containing an element combined in low valence (hypochlorous). Etymology: Gk f. hupo under …   Useful english dictionary

  • hypo- — 1. a prefix meaning under , either in place or in degree ( less , less than ), as in hypodermic, hypothermic, etc. 2. Chemistry a prefix applied to certain inorganic acids (as hypochlorous acid) and to their salts (as potassium hypochlorite) to… …   Australian English dictionary

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