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[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uh n]
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  1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
  2. the state of being close together or side by side.
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Origin of juxtaposition

1655–65; < French < Latin juxtā side by side + French position position
Related formsjux·ta·po·si·tion·al, adjective
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Related Words for juxtaposition

proximity, touching, nearness, abutment, contact

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Word Origin and History for juxtaposition


1660s, from French juxtaposition (1660s), from Latin iuxta "beside, near" + French position (see position (n.)). Latin iuxta is a contraction of *iugista (adv.), superlative of adjective *iugos "closely connected," from stem of iugum "yoke," from iungere "to join" (see jugular).

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juxtaposition in Medicine


  1. The state of being placed or situated side by side.
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