ana-


a prefix in loanwords from Greek, where it means “up,” “against,” “back,” “re-”: anabasis; used in the formation of compound words: anacardiaceous.

Nearby words

  1. an't,
  2. an-,
  3. an-najaf,
  4. an.,
  5. ana,
  6. anabaena,
  7. anabantid,
  8. anabaptism,
  9. anabaptist,
  10. anabaptists

Also especially before a vowel, an-.

Origin of ana-

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ana-

ana-

before a vowel an-

prefix

up; upwardsanadromous
againanagram
back; backwardsanatropous

Word Origin for ana-

from Greek ana

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Word Origin and History for ana-

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).

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Medicine definitions for ana-

ana-

pref.

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

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