[ noh-nuh ]
/ ˈnoʊ nə /
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Definition of nona

noun Pathology.
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Origin of nona

<Latin nōna (hōra) ninth (hour); i.e., late stage in life of patient

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a combining form meaning “nine, ninth,” used in the formation of compound words:nonagon.
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What does nona- mean?

Nona- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “nine” or “ninth.” It is used in a number of scientific and other technical terms.

In chemistry, nona– is specifically used to indicate nine atoms or nine groups of atoms in compounds, e.g., nonapeptide.

Nona- comes from the Latin nōnus, meaning “ninth.” The word noon also derives from the Latin nōna hōra, the “ninth hour” from sunrise. That means 12 o’clock noon was originally 3 p.m!

The Greek word for “nine” is ennéa, source of the combining form ennea-, which you can learn more about in our Words That Use article for the form.

What are variants of nona-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, nona- becomes non-, as in nonyl alcohol.

However, in a great many more instances, the letters non- at the beginning of a word are the prefix non-, meaning “not,” as in nonabrasive or nonacademic.

Examples of nona-

A nonagon is a polygon having nine angles and nine sides. A nonagon is also known as an enneagon.

The first part of the word, nona-, means “nine.” The -gon portion of the word may also look familiar: it is a combining form meaning “angled” or “angular,” from the Greek gōnía. Nonagon literally translates to “nine-angled.”

What are some words that use the combining form nona- or non-?

What are some other forms that nona- may be commonly confused with?

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A septuagenarian is a person in their 70s (between 70–80 years old). An octogenarian is in their 80s. A nonagenarian, then, is in their ___?

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British Dictionary definitions for nona


before a vowel non-

combining form

Word Origin for nona-

from Latin nōnus
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