[ an-uh, ah-nuh ]
/ ˈæn ə, ˈɑ nə /
a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc.
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Origin of ana1
First recorded in 1720–30; independent use of -ana
Definition for ana (2 of 5)
[ an-uh ]
/ ˈæn ə /
(of ingredients in pharmaceutical prescriptions) in equal quantities; of each. Symbol: a̅a̅, āa
Origin of ana2
1490–1500; <Medieval Latin <Greek aná of each
Definition for ana (3 of 5)
a prefix in loanwords from Greek, where it means “up,” “against,” “back,” “re-”: anabasis; used in the formation of compound words: anacardiaceous.
Also especially before a vowel, an-.
Origin of ana-
From Greek, combining form of aná; no necessary relation to on
Definition for ana (4 of 5)
a suffix that forms collective nouns denoting an assembly of items, as household objects, art, books, or maps, or a description of such items, as a bibliography, all of which are representative of or associated with the place, person, or period named by the stem: Americana; Shakespeareana; Victoriana.
Also -iana .
Origin of -ana
<Latin, neuter plural of -ānus-an
Definition for ana (5 of 5)
American Newspaper Association.
American Nurses Association.
Association of National Advertisers.
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British Dictionary definitions for ana (1 of 6)
/ (ˈeɪnə, ˈɑːnə) /
pharmacol obsolete (of ingredients in a prescription) in equal quantitiesAbbreviation: aa
Word Origin for ana
C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek: of every one similarly
British Dictionary definitions for ana (2 of 6)
/ (ˈɑːnə) /
a collection of reminiscences, sketches, etc, of or about a person or place
an item of or for such a collection
Word Origin for ana
C18: independent use of -ana
British Dictionary definitions for ana (3 of 6)
/ (ˈænə) slang /
- a name for anorexia, esp when used as a personification of the disease by its sufferers
- a person who identifies himself or herself as an anorexic
Word Origin for Ana
C21: a play on the word anorexia and the girl's name Anna
British Dictionary definitions for ana (4 of 6)
/ commerce /
Article Number Association: (in Britain) an organization of manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers that provides a system (article numbering) by which a product is identified by a unique machine-readable number compatible with article-numbering systems used in other countries
British Dictionary definitions for ana (5 of 6)
before a vowel an-
Word Origin for ana-
from Greek ana
British Dictionary definitions for ana (6 of 6)
suffix forming nouns
denoting a collection of objects or information relating to a particular individual, subject, or placeShakespeareana; Victoriana; Americana
Word Origin for -ana
New Latin, from Latin -āna, literally: matters relating to, neuter plural of -ānus; see -an
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Medical definitions for ana (1 of 3)
[ ăn′ə ]
Both in the same quantity; of each. Used to refer to ingredients in prescriptions.
Medical definitions for ana (2 of 3)
Medical definitions for ana (3 of 3)
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