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a combining form meaning “stupor,” “narcosis,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, narc-.
Origin of narco-
< Greek nárk(ē) numbness, stiffness + -o- Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for narco-


combining form
indicating numbness or torpor: narcolepsy
connected with or derived from illicit drug production: narcoeconomies
Word Origin
from Greek narkē numbness
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Word Origin and History for narco-

word-forming element meaning "stupor, narcosis, sleep," from Latinized form of Greek narko-, comb. form of narke "numbness" (see narcotic (n.)).

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narco- in Medicine

narco- pref.

  1. Numbness; stupor; lethargy: narcolepsy.

  2. Narcotic: narcoanalysis.

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