- pure and unmixed, as wine, a people, or a language.
- fully as much as what is specified; completely fulfilled or developed; absolute.
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WORDS THAT USE -MERE
What does -mere mean?
The combining form -mere is used like a suffix meaning “part.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in biology and anatomy.
The form -mere comes from Greek méros, meaning “part” or “portion.” From this same source, we also get the combining forms -mer and -merous. Want to know more? Check out our Words That Use entries for both forms.
Examples of -mere
One example of a scientific term that features the combining form -mere is osteomere, “one of a series of similar bone segments, such as a vertebra.”
The combining form osteo- means “bone,” from Greek ostéon. Because -mere means “part,” osteomere literally translates to “bone part.”
What are some words that use the combining form -mere?
Though they’re spelled similarly, the combining form -mere is not related to the adjective mere. Find out more at our entry for mere.
How to use mere in a sentence
These matters are not mere threats to abstract constitutional principles.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her Miss America win transcended mere superficial beauty standards.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Scalise spoke about taxes and government slush funds for a mere 15 minutes, Knight said.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal|Tim Mak|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Business questions are raised—who starts a PE firm and bails on it in a matter of mere months?Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!|Michael Tomasky|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Human vision is as close as we mere mortals will ever come to having a genuine superpower.
All elements of expression modify each other, so that no mere rule can cover all cases.
All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
And is this a mere fantastic talk, or is this a thing that could be done and that ought to be done?The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
He said no more in words, but his little blue eyes had an eloquence that left nothing to mere speech.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The real experience has a magnetism of its own and will win above mere technicality whenever it has the opportunity.