- a combining form meaning “good,” “well,” occurring chiefly in words of Greek origin (eupepsia); in scientific coinages, especially taxonomic names, it often has the sense “true, genuine” (eukaryote)
Origin of eu-
< Greek, combining form of eús good (adj.) or eú, eû (neuter, used as adv.) well
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- well, pleasant, or goodeupeptic; euphony
Word Origin for eu-
via Latin from Greek, from eus good
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Word Origin and History for eu-
word-forming element in modern use meaning "good, well," from comb. form of Greek eus "good," eu "well" (adv.), also "luckily, happily," from PIE *(e)su- "good" (cf. Sanskrit su- "good," Avestan hu- "good").
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- Good; well; true:eupepsia.
- A derivative of a specified substance:euglobulin.
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