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Prefix Meanings

Suffix Prefix Dictionary

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EUGENE M. MCCARTHY, PHD

Two uses of this page:

Reverse dictionary. Enter prefix meanings to find corresponding prefixes (e.g., searching with the word yellow will locate the prefixes chloro-, flavo-, ictero-, luteo- and xantho-).

Finding prefix meanings. Enter a prefix in the box and click the Search button. The finder will then search through the list of prefixes on this site and return any matches (this search requires correct spelling; prefixes can also be looked up alphabetically).



Use this box to search for the meaning of a prefix or for prefixes with a particular meaning!
Enter search term here:

Tip: If you don't get a result, try using a query that's a synonym (e.g., instead of carry, try searching with the word bear).

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Prefixes starting with:
 a | b | c | d | e | f-g | h | i-j 
 k-l | m | n | o | p-q | r-s | t | u-z 


Some common prefixes:
Prefix for bad >>
Prefix for both >>
Prefix for distant >>
Prefix for equal >>
Prefix for feather >>
Prefix for finger >>
Prefix for fern >>
Prefix for foot >>
Prefix for fruit >>
Prefix for hand >>
Prefix for heart >>
Prefix for large >>
Prefix for naked >>
Prefix for not >>
Prefix for plant >>
Prefix for small >>
Prefix for wide >>
Prefix for wing >>
Meanings of some common prefixes:
Prefix a >>
Prefix ab >>
Prefix ad >>
Prefix an >>
Prefix ambi >>
Prefix anti >>
Prefix bi >>
Prefix centi >>
Prefix dactyl >>
Prefix de >>
Prefix derm >>
Prefix dextro >>
Prefix glosso >>
Prefix im >>
Prefix in >>
Prefix infra >>
Prefix inter >>
Prefix iso >>
Prefix macro >>
Prefix mal >>
Prefix mega >>
Prefix meso >>
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 >>
Prefix super >>

About Prefix Meanings

Prefix Meanings is the prefix search page of Suffix Prefix Dictionary, the one of the most comprehensive online dictionary of biological and medical suffixes and prefixes. The prefix lists in this dictionary 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 prefix meanings, click on first letter of the prefixe in the table above or search for the prefix by entering it in the box at the top of this 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.


Prefix Meanings: a page of Suffix Prefix Dictionary, one of the Internet's most comprehensive lists of biology prefixes.
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 >>
Numeric:
Prefix for many >>
Prefix for few >>
Prefix for one >>
Prefix for two >>
Prefix for three >>
Prefix for four >>
Prefix for five >>
Prefix for six >>
Prefix for seven >>
Prefix for eight >>
Prefix for nine >>
Prefix for ten >>
Prefix for eleven >>
Prefix for twelve >>
Prefix for hundred >>
Prefix for thousand >>
Prefix for ten thousand >>
Prefix for million >>
Prefix for billion >>
Prefix for trillion >>
Prefix for half >>
Prefix for a tenth >>
Prefix for a hundredth >>
Prefix for a thousandth >>
Prefix for a millionth >>
Prefix for a billionth >>
Prefix for a trillionth >>