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iota

[ahy-oh-tuh]
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noun
  1. a very small quantity; jot; whit.
  2. the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (I, ι).
  3. the vowel sound represented by this letter.

Origin of iota

1600–10; < Latin iōta < Greek iôta < Semitic; compare Hebrew yōdh yod

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1. bit, particle, atom, grain, mite.
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British Dictionary definitions for iota

iota

noun
  1. the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet (Ι, ι), a vowel or semivowel, transliterated as i or j
  2. (usually used with a negative) a very small amount; jot (esp in the phrase not one or an iota)

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek, of Semitic origin; see jot
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Word Origin and History for iota

n.

"very small amount," 1630s, figurative use of iota, ninth and smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. Modern use is after Matt. v:18 (see jot), but iota in classical Greek also was proverbially used of anything very small. The letter name is from Semitic (cf. Hebrew yodh).

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iota in Medicine

iota

(ī-ōtə)
n.
  1. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet.
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Idioms and Phrases with iota

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