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mono

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[ mon-oh ]
/ ˈmɒn oʊ /
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noun Informal.
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Origin of mono

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By shortening

Other definitions for mono (2 of 3)

mono2
[ mon-oh ]
/ ˈmɒn oʊ /

adjective

Origin of mono

2
By shortening

Other definitions for mono (3 of 3)

mono-

a combining form meaning “alone,” “single,” “one” (monogamy); specialized in some scientific terms to denote a monomolecular thickness (monolayer) and adapted in chemistry to apply to compounds containing one atom of a particular element (monohydrate).
Also especially before a vowel, mon- .

Origin of mono-

From Greek, combining form of mónos “alone”
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British Dictionary definitions for mono (1 of 2)

mono
/ (ˈmɒnəʊ) /

adjective
short for monophonic
noun
monophonic sound; monophony

British Dictionary definitions for mono (2 of 2)

mono-

before a vowel mon-


combining form
one; singlemonochrome; monorail
indicating that a chemical compound contains a single specified atom or groupmonoxide

Word Origin for mono-

from Greek monos
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Scientific definitions for mono

mono-

A prefix that means “one, only, single,” as in monochromatic, having only one color. It is often found in chemical names where it means “containing just one” of the specified atom or group, as in carbon monoxide, which is carbon attached to a single oxygen atom.
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