dia-


a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek (diabetes; dialect) and used, in the formation of compound words, to mean “passing through” (diathermy), “thoroughly,” “completely” (diagnosis), “going apart” (dialysis), and “opposed in moment” (diamagnetism).
Also especially before a vowel, di-.

Origin of dia-

< Greek, combining form representing diá (preposition) through, between, across, by, of, akin to dýo two and di- di-1
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British Dictionary definitions for dia-

dia-

di-


prefix

through, throughout, or duringdiachronic
acrossdiactinic
apartdiacritic
(in botany) at right anglesdiatropism
in opposite or different directionsdiamagnetism

Word Origin for dia-

from Greek dia through, between, across, by
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Medicine definitions for dia-

dia-


pref.

Through:diapedesis.
Across:diameter.
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Science definitions for dia-

dia-


A prefix meaning “through” or “across,” as in diameter, the length of a line going through a circle.
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