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affinity

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/ əˈfɪn ɪ ti /
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noun, plural af·fin·i·ties.
adjective
of or relating to persons who share the same interests: to arrange charter flights for opera lovers and other affinity groups.
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Origin of affinity

1275–1325; Middle English affinite<Middle French <Latin affīnitās connection by marriage. See affine, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM affinity

non·af·fin·i·ty, noun, plural non·af·fin·i·ties, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH affinity

affinity , infinity
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British Dictionary definitions for affinity

affinity
/ (əˈfɪnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Derived forms of affinity

affinitive, adjective

Word Origin for affinity

C14: via Old French from Latin affīnitāt- connected by marriage, from affīnis bordering on, related
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Medical definitions for affinity

affinity
[ ə-fĭnĭ-tē ]

n.
An attraction or force between particles that causes them to combine.
The attraction between an antigen and an antibody.
A relationship or resemblance in structure between species that suggests a common origin.
The selective staining of a tissue by a dye.
The selective uptake of a dye, chemical, or other substance by a tissue.
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Scientific definitions for affinity

affinity
[ ə-fĭnĭ-tē ]

A relationship or resemblance in structure between species that suggests a common origin.
An attraction or force between particles that causes them to combine, as the attraction between an antigen and an antibody.
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