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cataphora

[kuh-taf-er-uh]
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noun Grammar.
  1. the use of a word or phrase to refer to a following word or group of words, as the use of the phrase as follows.
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Origin of cataphora

Related formscat·a·phor·ic [kat-uh-fawr-ik, -for-] /ˌkæt əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjectivecat·a·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cataphora

cataphora

noun
  1. grammar the use of a word such as a pronoun that has the same reference as a word used subsequently in the same discourseCompare anaphora
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Derived Formscataphoric (ˌkætəˈfɒrɪk), adjective

Word Origin

from cata- + Greek pherein to bear
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cataphora in Medicine

cataphora

(kə-tăfə-rə)
n.
  1. Semicoma.
  2. Somnolence marked by periods of partial consciousness.
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