a combining form meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” “dead tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: necrology.
Also especially before a vowel, necr-.

Origin of necro-

< Greek nekro-, combining form of nekrós dead person, corpse, (adj.) dead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for necro-


before a vowel necr-

combining form

indicating death, a dead body, or dead tissuenecrology; necrophagous; necrosis

Word Origin for necro-

from Greek nekros corpse
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Medicine definitions for necro-



Dead body; corpse:necrophilia.
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