touching; in contact.
in close proximity without actually touching; near.
adjacent in time: contiguous events.

Origin of contiguous

1605–15; < Latin contiguus bordering upon, equivalent to con- con- + tig- (variant stem of -tingere, combining form of tangere to touch; see tangent, contingent, contact) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; cf. -ous, continuous
Related formscon·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbcon·tig·u·ous·ness, nounnon·con·tig·u·ous, adjectivenon·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbnon·con·tig·u·ous·ness, nounun·con·tig·u·ous, adjectiveun·con·tig·u·ous·ly, adverbun·con·tig·u·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms for contiguous

1. bordering, adjoining, abutting. 2. adjacent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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touching along the side or boundary; in contact
physically adjacent; neighbouring
preceding or following in time
Derived Formscontiguity (ˌkɒntɪˈɡjuːɪtɪ) or contiguousness, nouncontiguously, adverb

Word Origin for contiguous

C17: from Latin contiguus, from contingere to touch; see contact
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Word Origin and History for contiguous

1610s, from Latin contiguus "near, touching, bordering upon," from root of contingere "to touch upon" (see contact). Earlier form, now obsolete, was contiguate (mid-15c.).

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contiguous in Medicine




Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
Neighboring; adjacent.
Related formscon•tigu•ous•ness n.
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