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a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite of,” “antiparticle of,” used in the formation of compound words (anticline); used freely in combination with elements of any origin (antibody; antifreeze; antiknock; antilepton).
Also before a vowel, ant-.

Origin of anti-

Middle English < Latin < Greek, prefixal use of antí; akin to Sanskrit ánti opposite, Latin ante, Middle Dutch ende (> Dutch en and), English an- in answer. Cf. ante-, and
Can be confusedante ante- anti- auntie
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-

anti-

prefix

against; opposinganticlerical; antisocial
opposite toanticlimax; antimere
rival; falseantipope
counteracting, inhibiting, or neutralizingantifreeze; antihistamine
designating the antiparticle of the particle specifiedantineutron

Word Origin for anti-

from Greek anti
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Medicine definitions for anti-

anti-

pref.

Opposite:antimere.
Opposing; against:antisocial.
Counteracting; neutralizing:antibody.

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Science definitions for anti-

anti-

A prefix whose basic meaning is “against.” It is used to form adjectives that mean “counteracting” (such as antiseptic, preventing infection). It is also used to form nouns referring to substances that counteract other substances (such as antihistamine, a substance counteracting histamine), and nouns meaning “something that displays opposite, reverse, or inverse characteristics of something else” (such as anticyclone, a storm that circulates in the opposite direction from a cyclone). Before a vowel it becomes ant-, as in antacid.

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