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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).
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Also especially before a vowel, di-.

Origin of dia-

<Greek, combining form representing diá (preposition) through, between, across, by, of, akin to dýotwo and di-di-1

Other definitions for dia- (2 of 2)

dia.

abbreviation
diameter.
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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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Scientific 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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