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- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for azo-


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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Medicine 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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Science definitions for azo-


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