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[suhk-si-dey-nee-uh m] /ˌsʌk sɪˈdeɪ ni əm/
noun, plural succedanea
[suhk-si-dey-nee-uh] /ˌsʌk sɪˈdeɪ ni ə/ (Show IPA)
a substitute.
Origin of succedaneum
1635-45; < New Latin succēdāneum, noun use of neuter singular of Latin succēdāneus substituted, equivalent to suc- suc- + cēd(ere) to come, go (see cede) + -āneus composite adj. suffix, equivalent to -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous
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succedaneous, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nea (-nɪə)
(obsolete) something that is used as a substitute, esp any medical drug or agent that may be taken or prescribed in place of another
Derived Forms
succedaneous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin succēdāneus following after, from succēdere to succeed
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Word Origin and History for succedaneous



"substitute," 1640s, from neuter of Latin succedaneus "succeeding, acting as substitute" (see succeed). Especially of inferior drugs substituted for better ones.

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