a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds which are the normal or parent forms of the compound denoted by the base words: l-norepinephrine.

Origin of nor-

short for normal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for nor-


combining form

indicating that a chemical compound is derived from a specified compound by removal of a group or groupsnoradrenaline
indicating that a chemical compound is a normal isomer of a specified compound

Word Origin for nor-

by shortening from normal
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Medical definitions for nor-



A precursor compound that differs from its successor by the absence of a radical group, usually methyl:norepinephrine.
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