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  1. a combining form meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” “dead tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: necrology.
Also especially before a vowel, necr-.

Origin of necro-

< Greek nekro-, combining form of nekrós dead person, corpse, (adj.) dead
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British Dictionary definitions for necro-

necro-

before a vowel necr-

combining form
  1. indicating death, a dead body, or dead tissuenecrology; necrophagous; necrosis

Word Origin

from Greek nekros corpse
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Word Origin and History for necro-

before vowels, necr-, word-forming element meaning "death, corpse, dead tissue," from comb. form of Greek nekros "dead body, corpse, dead person," from PIE *nek- "death, natural death" (cf. Sanskrit nasyati "disappears, perishes," Avestan nasyeiti "disappears," nasu- "corpse," Old Persian vi-nathayatiy "he injures;" Latin nex, genitive necis "violent death, murder" (as opposed to mors), nocere "to harm, hurt," noxius "harmful;" Greek nekus "dead" (adj.), nekros "dead body, corpse;" Old Irish ec, Breton ankou, Welsh angeu "death").

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necro- in Medicine

necro-

pref.
  1. Dead body; corpse:necrophilia.
  2. Death:necrobiosis.
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