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cataphora

[ kuh-taf-er-uh ]
/ kəˈtæf ər ə /
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noun Grammar.

the use of a word or phrase to refer to a following word or group of words, as the use of the phrase as follows.

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Origin of cataphora

OTHER WORDS FROM cataphora

cat·a·phor·ic [kat-uh-fawr-ik, -for-], /ˌkæt əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjectivecat·a·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cataphora

cataphora
/ (kəˈtæfərə) /

noun

grammar the use of a word such as a pronoun that has the same reference as a word used subsequently in the same discourseCompare anaphora

Derived forms of cataphora

cataphoric (ˌkætəˈfɒrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cataphora

from cata- + Greek pherein to bear
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Medical definitions for cataphora

cataphora
[ kə-tăfə-rə ]

n.

Semicoma.
Somnolence marked by periods of partial consciousness.
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