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mono1

[mon-oh] /ˈmɒn oʊ/
noun, Informal.
1.
infectious mononucleosis.
Origin of mono1
by shortening

mono2

[mon-oh] /ˈmɒn oʊ/
adjective
1.
monophonic (def 2).
Origin
by shortening

mono-

1.
a combining form meaning “alone,” “single,” “one” (monogamy); specialized in some scientific terms to denote a monomolecular thickness (monolayer) and adapted in chemistry to apply to compounds containing one atom of a particular element (monohydrate).
Also, especially before a vowel, mon-.
Origin
< Greek, combining form of mónos alone
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  • mono, it is sometimes called, and sometimes the "Dead Sea of California."

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I am to join him at mono Lake, and we shall go on from there to-night.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • From its summit one looks down on the mono Desert, the lake, and the craters.

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  • A trail to the right leads to mono Meadow and the basin of the Illilouette.

    Guide to Yosemite Ansel Hall
  • mono, which means one, is the simplest form of carbohydrates.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
  • Lieutenant Moore pursued the fugitives to mono but was not successful in finding any of them.

    The Yosemite John Muir
  • He came from mono, he said, with others of his tribe, to hunt deer.

  • O'Toole hesitated, started to climb into the cab of mono 6, and Slater stopped him.

British Dictionary definitions for mono

mono

/ˈmɒnəʊ/
adjective
1.
short for monophonic
noun
2.
monophonic sound; monophony

mono-

combining form
1.
one; single: monochrome, monorail
2.
indicating that a chemical compound contains a single specified atom or group: monoxide
Word Origin
from Greek monos
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Word Origin and History for mono

1959 as a shortening of monophonic; earlier used among printers for "monotype machine" (c.1925) and generally for monochrome (motorcar, etc.), 1940s. From 1964 as short for mononucleosis.

mono-

word-forming element meaning "one, alone; containing one (atom, etc.)," from Greek mono-, comb. form of monos "single, alone," from PIE root *men- "small, isolated" (cf. Greek manos "rare, sparse," Armenian manr "thin, slender, small," and perhaps English minnow).

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mono in Medicine

mono mon·o (mŏn'ō)
n.
Infectious mononucleosis.

mono- or mon-
pref.

  1. One; single; alone: monomorphic.

  2. Monomolecular; monatomic: monolayer.

  3. Containing one atom, molecule, or group: monomer.

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mono in Science
mono-  
A prefix that means "one, only, single," as in monochromatic, having only one color. It is often found in chemical names where it means "containing just one" of the specified atom or group, as in carbon monoxide, which is carbon attached to a single oxygen atom.
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Slang definitions & phrases for mono

mono

noun

  1. Mononucleosis (1960s+ Students)
  2. A monophonic recording (1950s+)
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