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a combining form meaning “new,” “recent,” “revived,” “modified,” used in the formation of compound words: neo-Darwinism; Neolithic; neoorthodoxy; neophyte.
Chemistry. a combining form used in the names of isomers having a carbon atom attached to four carbon atoms: neoarsphenamine.


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Nearby words

nenets, nenjiang, nenni, nenni, pietro, neo, neo-, neo-catholic, neo-christianity, neo-classical, neo-con, neo-confucian
Also especially before a vowel, ne-.

Origin of neo-

< Greek, combining form of néos; akin to new Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for neo-


sometimes before a vowel ne-

combining form

(sometimes capital) new, recent, or a new or modern form or developmentneoclassicism; neocolonialism
(usually capital) the most recent subdivision of a geological periodNeogene

Word Origin for neo-

from Greek neos new
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Word Origin and History for neo-


word-forming element meaning "new, recent," used in a seemingly endless number of adjectives and nouns, mostly coined since c.1880, from Greek neo-, comb. form of neos "new, young, youthful; fresh, strange; lately, just now," from PIE root *newo- (see new).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for neo-



New; recent:neonatal.
New and different:Neo-Freudian.
New and abnormal:neoplasm.
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