[ kap-uh ]
/ ˈkæp ə /


the tenth letter of the Greek alphabet (K, k).
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

Origin of kappa

< Greek káppa < Semitic; see kaph
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British Dictionary definitions for kappa


/ (ˈkæpə) /


the tenth letter in the Greek alphabet (Κ, κ), a consonant, transliterated as c or k

Word Origin for kappa

Greek, of Semitic origin
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Word Origin and History for kappa


tenth letter of the Greek alphabet, from an Aramaized form of qoph; see K.

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Medicine definitions for kappa


[ kăpə ]


The tenth letter of the Greek alphabet.


Relating to or characterizing a polypeptide chain that is one of two types of light chains present in immunoglobins.
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