- a combining form meaning “stupor,” “narcosis,” used in the formation of compound words: narcodiagnosis.
Also especially before a vowel, narc-.
Origin of narco-
< Greek nárk(ē) numbness, stiffness + -o-
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sometimes before a vowel narc-
- indicating numbness or torpornarcolepsy
- connected with or derived from illicit drug productionnarcoeconomies
Word Origin for narco-
from Greek narkē numbness
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word-forming element meaning "stupor, narcosis, sleep," from Latinized form of Greek narko-, comb. form of narke "numbness" (see narcotic (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Numbness; stupor; lethargy:narcolepsy.
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