a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “two,” “twice,” “double” (diphthong); on this model, freely used in the formation of compound words (dicotyledon; dipolar) and in chemical terms (diatomic; disulfide).
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Definition for di- (2 of 3)
variant of dis-1 before b, d, l, m, n, r, s, v, and sometimes g and j: digest; divide.
Definition for di- (3 of 3)
variant of dia- before a vowel: diorama.
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British Dictionary definitions for di- (1 of 2)
twice; two; doubledicotyledon
- containing two specified atoms or groups of atomsdimethyl ether; carbon dioxide
- a nontechnical equivalent of bi- 1 (def. 5c)
Word Origin for di-
via Latin from Greek, from dis twice, double, related to duo two. Compare bi- 1
British Dictionary definitions for di- (2 of 2)
variant of dia- diopter
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Medical definitions for di-
Two; twice; double:dichromatic.
Containing two atoms, radicals, or groups:diiodide.
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Scientific definitions for di-
A prefix that means two, twice, or double. It is used commonly in chemistry, as in dioxide, a compound having two oxygen atoms.
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