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variant of com- before a vowel, h, and gn: coadjutor; cohabit; cognate . The prefix co-, now productively forms new words from bases beginning with any sound (co-conspirator; co-manage; coseismic), sometimes with the derived sense “auxiliary, subsidiary” (coenzyme; copilot), and, in mathematics and astronomy, with the sense “complement” (codeclination). Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for co-


together; joint or jointly; mutual or mutually: coproduction
indicating partnership or equality: cofounder, copilot
to the same or a similar degree: coextend
(in mathematics and astronomy) of the complement of an angle: cosecant, codeclination
Word Origin
from Latin, reduced form of com-
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Word Origin and History for co-

in Latin, the form of com- in compounds with stems beginning in vowels and h- and gn- (see com-). Taken in English from 17c. as a living prefix meaning "together, mutually, in common," and used promiscuously with native words and Latin-derived words not beginning with vowels, sometimes even with words already having it (e.g. co-conspiritor).

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co- in Medicine

co- pref.

  1. Together; joint; jointly; mutually: coaptation.

  2. Subordinate or auxiliary: coenzyme.

  3. To the same extent or degree: codominant.

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