- a combining form meaning “seven,” used in the formation of compound words: heptahedron.
Also especially before a vowel, hept-.
Origin of hepta-
< Greek, combining form of heptá seven; cognate with Latin septem; akin to Old English seofon seven
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before a vowel hept-
Word Origin and History for hept
before vowels hept-, word-forming element meaning "seven," from Greek hepta "seven" (see seven).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Containing seven atoms, molecules, or groups:heptane.
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