Origin of necro-
Words nearby necro-
WORDS THAT USE NECRO-
What does necro- mean?
Necro- is a combining form used like a prefix variously meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” or “dead tissue.” It is used in technical and scientific terms, including in biology and medicine.
Necro- comes from the Greek nekrós, meaning “dead person, corpse” or “dead.” Similar in meaning and use to necro- is the common combining form thanato–, from the Greek thánatos, “death.”
What are variants of necro-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, necro- becomes necr-, as in necrectomy.
Examples of necro- and necr-
One example of a term you may have come across that features the combining form necro- is necromancy,”a method of divination through alleged communication with the dead.” Divination is the practice of trying to see the future, like prophecy.
The first part of the word, necro- means “the dead,” as we know. The -mancy part of the word means “divination,” from the Greek manteía. Necromancy literally translates to “divining (by means of) the dead.”
A term you may have come across that features the combining form necr- is necropsy, also known as an autopsy, “the examination of a body after death.”
The form necr- means “the dead, corpse.” The -opsy portion of the word denotes “a medical examination or inspection,” ultimately from the Greek ópsis. Necropsy literally translates to “looking at a corpse.”
What are some words that use the combining form necro- or necr-?
- necrophilia (using the equivalent form of necro- in New Latin)
- necrosis (from the Greek nékrōsis)
- necrotic (formed from necrosis)
What are some other forms that necro- or necr- may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
The combining form -latry means “worship.” With this in mind, what is the practice of necrolatry?