[ az-oh, ey-zoh ]
/ ˈæz oʊ, ˈeɪ zoʊ /
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adjective Chemistry.
containing the azo group.
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Origin of azo

First recorded in 1875–80; independent use of azo-

Other definitions for azo (2 of 2)


a combining form used in the formation of compound words, especially names of chemical compounds containing nitrogen or the azo group: azobenzene.
Also especially before a vowel, az-.

Origin of azo-

<Greek ázō(os) without life, equivalent to a-a-6 + zō-zo-
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British Dictionary definitions for azo (1 of 2)

/ (ˈeɪzəʊ, ˈæ-) /

of, consisting of, or containing the divalent group -N:N-an azo group or radical See also diazo

Word Origin for azo

independent use of azo-

British Dictionary definitions for azo (2 of 2)


before a vowel az-

combining form
indicating the presence of an azo groupazobenzene

Word Origin for azo-

from French azote nitrogen, from Greek azōos lifeless, from a- 1 + zōē life
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Medical definitions for azo


Containing a nitrogen group, especially one attached at both ends in a covalent bond to other groups:azole.
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Scientific definitions for azo (1 of 2)

[ ăzō, āzō ]

Containing two nitrogen atoms joined by a double bond, with each nitrogen atom attached to another group.

Scientific definitions for azo (2 of 2)


A prefix that means “containing an azo group attached at both ends to other groups,” as in the compound azobenzene.
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