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).
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Also especially before a vowel, mon-.
Origin of mono-
< Greek, combining form of mónos alone
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British Dictionary definitions for mono-
before a vowel mon-
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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Medicine definitions for mono-
One; single; alone:monomorphic.
Containing one atom, molecule, or group:monomer.
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Science definitions for 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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