a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, meaning “both” (ambiguous) and “around” (ambient); used in the formation of compound words: ambitendency.

Origin of ambi-

< Latin; akin to Greek amphí, Albanian mbë, Old Irish imb, imb-, Welsh, Old Breton am, am- (variant em-), Gaulish amb(i)- (see embassy), Old High German umbi (> German um), Old English ymb(e)-, Sanskrit abhí-tas around. Cf. amphi- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ambi-


combining form

indicating bothambidextrous; ambivalence; ambiversion

Word Origin for ambi-

from Latin: round, on both sides, both, from ambo both; compare amphi-
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Medicine definitions for ambi-



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