a combining form meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” “dead tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: necrology.
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Also especially before a vowel, necr-.
Origin of necro-
< Greek nekro-, combining form of nekrós dead person, corpse, (adj.) dead
Words nearby necro-
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British Dictionary definitions for necro-
before a vowel necr-
indicating death, a dead body, or dead tissuenecrology; necrophagous; necrosis
Word Origin for necro-
from Greek nekros corpse
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Medical definitions for necro-
Dead body; corpse:necrophilia.
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