epi-


a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “upon,” “on,” “over,” “near,” “at,” “before,” “after” (epicedium; epidermis; epigene; epitome); on this model, used in the formation of new compound words (epicardium; epinephrine).
Also ep-, eph-.

Origin of epi-

< Greek, prefixal use of epí, preposition and adv.
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British Dictionary definitions for epi-

epi-

eph- or before a vowel ep-


prefix

on; upon; above; overepidermis; epicentre
in addition toepiphenomenon
afterepigenesis; epilogue
near; close toepicalyx

Word Origin for epi-

from Greek, from epi (prep)
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Medicine definitions for epi-

epi-

pref.

On; upon:epineural.
Over; above:epibasal.
Around:epicystitis.
Close to; near:epimer.
Besides:epiphenomenon.
After:epigenesis.
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