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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).

Nearby words

  1. anthroposophy,
  2. anthroposphere,
  3. anthropozoonosis,
  4. anthurium,
  5. anti,
  6. anti-abortion,
  7. anti-ageing,
  8. anti-aircraft,
  9. anti-alias,
  10. anti-american

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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Word Origin and History for anti-

anti-

word-forming element meaning "against, opposed to, opposite of, instead," from Old French anti- and directly from Latin anti-, from Greek anti "against, opposite, instead of," also used as a prefix, from PIE *anti "against," also "in front of" (see ante). It appears in some words in Middle English but was not commonly used in word formations until modern times.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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