Biology Prefixes

A prefix dictionary for biology and medicine

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Some common prefixes:
Prefix for bad >>
Prefix for both >>
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Prefix for equal >>
Prefix for feather >>
Prefix for finger >>
Prefix for fern >>
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Meanings of some common prefixes:
Prefix a >>
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Prefix ambi >>
Prefix anti >>
Prefix bi >>
Prefix centi >>
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Prefix derm >>
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Prefix iso >>
Prefix macro >>
Prefix mal >>
Prefix mega >>
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Prefix meta >>
Prefix micro >>
Prefix oculo >>
Prefix olfact >>
Prefix onco >>
Prefix ortho >>
Prefix plasto >>
Prefix pre >>
Prefix pro >>
Prefix retro >>
Prefix rhizo >>
Prefix sinistro >>
Prefix sub >>
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About Biology Prefixes

Biology Prefixes is a prefix dictionary, a subsection of Suffix Prefix Dictionary, the most comprehensive online dictionary of biological and medical suffixes and prefixes. The prefix lists accessed from the links on this page provide definitions, examples, and etymologies for a wide variety of prefixes used in biology and medicine (on a separate page there is also a full list of prefixes defined in the dictionary which links all of the prefixes to their individual definitions). Many of the examples are cross-linked to their definitions in the biology dictionary on this website. To find the meaning of a prefix, click on its first letter below (you can also search the prefix dictionary from the Prefix Dictionary Search Page).

What is a Prefix?

A prefix is a letter or series of letters attached to the beginning of a word, word base, or suffix to produce a derivative word with a new meaning. There are many prefixes used by biologists in constructing scientific names and terminology. In general, they are either of Latin or Greek derivation. For example, in the word telophase, the prefix telo-, indicating end or conclusion, is attached to the beginning of the word phase. So telophase is the name of the last phase of meiosis and mitosis. As another example, the prefix bry- refers to moss, so bryology is the study of mosses.

Proper Names Used as Prefixes

In biology prefixes are often based on geographic and personal names. Examples of geographic prefixes are altaicus (= residing in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia), europaeus (= European), anatoliensis (= occurring in Anatolia). An example of a personal name used as a prefix is rogersii (= of Rogers). It would be pointless to include in this dictionary all of the proper names used as prefixes in the construction of scientific names, but users should consider this possibility when they fail to find a prefix in the dictionary.

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Prefixes indicating direction/position:
Prefix for after >>
Prefix for among >>
Prefix for back >>
Prefix for behind >>
Prefix for between >>
Prefix for both >>
Prefix for distant >>
Prefix for down >>
Prefix for from >>
Prefix for front >>
Prefix for inside >>
Prefix for outside >>
Prefix for left >>
Prefix for right >>
Prefix for up >>
Prefix for with >>
Prefix for within >>
Prefix for many >>
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Prefix for one >>
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