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contiguous

[kuh n-tig-yoo-uh s]
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adjective
  1. touching; in contact.
  2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
  3. adjacent in time: contiguous events.

Origin of contiguous

1605–15; < Latin contiguus bordering upon, equivalent to con- con- + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere to touch; see tangent, contingent, contact) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, continuous
Related formscon·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbcon·tig·u·ous·ness, nounnon·con·tig·u·ous, adjectivenon·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·tig·u·ous·ness, nounun·con·tig·u·ous, adjectiveun·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun

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1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent.
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British Dictionary definitions for contiguous

contiguous

adjective
  1. touching along the side or boundary; in contact
  2. physically adjacent; neighbouring
  3. preceding or following in time
Derived Formscontiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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Word Origin and History for contiguous

adj.

1610s, from Latin contiguus "near, touching, bordering upon," from root of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact). Earlier form, now obsolete, was contiguate (mid-15c.).

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contiguous in Medicine

contiguous

(kən-tĭgyōō-əs)
adj.
  1. Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
  2. Neighboring; adjacent.
Related formscon•tigu•ous•ness n.
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