a prefix in loanwords from Greek, where it means “up,” “against,” “back,” “re-”: anabasis; used in the formation of compound words: anacardiaceous.
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Also especially before a vowel, an-.
Origin of ana-
< Greek, combining form of aná; no necessary relation to on
Words nearby ana-
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British Dictionary definitions for ana-
before a vowel an-
Word Origin for ana-
from Greek ana
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Medical definitions for ana-
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