[ 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.

Origin of ana

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 ana

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-

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

Definition for ana (4 of 5)


or ANA

American Newspaper Association.
American Nurses Association.
Association of National Advertisers.

Definition for ana (5 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 /


  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



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 /

abbreviation for

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-


up; upwardsanadromous
back; backwardsanatropous

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 2)

[ ănə ]


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

Medical definitions for ana (2 of 2)



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