[an-uh, ah-nuh]
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  1. a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
  2. an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc.

Origin of ana

First recorded in 1720–30; independent use of -ana


  1. (of ingredients in pharmaceutical prescriptions) in equal quantities; of each. Symbol: a̅a̅, āa

Origin of ana

1490–1500; < Medieval Latin < Greek aná of each


  1. 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-

< Greek, combining form of aná; no necessary relation to on


or ANA

  1. American Newspaper Association.
  2. American Nurses Association.
  3. Association of National Advertisers.


  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. 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


  1. a collection of reminiscences, sketches, etc, of or about a person or place
  2. an item of or for such a collection

Word Origin for ana

C18: independent use of -ana


    1. a name for anorexia, esp when used as a personification of the disease by its sufferers
    2. a person who identifies himself or herself as an anorexic
  1. anorexic

Word Origin for Ana

C21: a play on the word anorexia and the girl's name Anna


abbreviation for
  1. 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


before a vowel an-

  1. up; upwardsanadromous
  2. againanagram
  3. back; backwardsanatropous

Word Origin for ana-

from Greek ana



suffix forming nouns
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for ana


before verbs an-, prefix meaning 1. "upward," 2. "back, backward, against," 3. "again, anew," from Greek ana- "up to, toward, exceedingly, back, against," from ana "up, on, upon, throughout, again," cognate with Old English on, from PIE root *ano- "on, upon, above" (see on).


or ana, word-forming element denoting "collection of sayings, gossip, etc. connected with a person or place," early 18c., originally the neuter plural ending of Latin adjectives ending in -anus "pertaining to," from PIE adjectival suffix *-no-.

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ana in Medicine


  1. Both in the same quantity; of each. Used to refer to ingredients in prescriptions.


  1. Upward; up:anacrotic.
  2. Backward; back:anaplasia.
  3. Again; anew:anabiosis.
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