a combining form meaning “ill,” “bad,” used in the formation of compound words: dysfunction.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of dys-
< Greek; cognate with Old Norse tor-, German zer-, Sanskrit dus-
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British Dictionary definitions for dys-
diseased, abnormal, or faultydysentery; dyslexia
difficult or painfuldysuria
unfavourable or baddyslogistic
Word Origin for dys-
via Latin from Greek dus-
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Medicine definitions for dys-
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