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.

Compare anaphora.

Origin of cataphora

Related formscat·a·phor·ic [kat-uh-fawr-ik, -for-] /ˌkæt əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjectivecat·a·phor·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cataphora



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 Formscataphoric (ˌkætəˈfɒrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cataphora

from cata- + Greek pherein to bear
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cataphora in Medicine




Somnolence marked by periods of partial consciousness.
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