pan-


a combining form meaning “all,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (panacea; panoply), but now used freely as a general formative (panleukopenia; panorama; pantelegraph; pantheism; pantonality), and especially in terms, formed at will, implying the union of all branches of a group (Pan-Christian; Panhellenic; Pan-Slavism). The hyphen and the second capital tend with longer use to be lost, unless they are retained in order to set off clearly the component parts.

Nearby words

  1. pan head,
  2. pan juice,
  3. pan loaf,
  4. pan out,
  5. pan potentiometer,
  6. pan-african,
  7. pan-africanism,
  8. pan-africanist congress,
  9. pan-american,
  10. pan-american highway

Also pant-, panto-.

Origin of pan-

< Greek pan- combining form of pâs (neuter pân) all, every, pân everything

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British Dictionary definitions for pan-

pan-

combining form

all or everypanchromatic
including or relating to all parts or membersPan-African; pantheistic

Word Origin for pan-

from Greek pan, neuter of pas all

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Word Origin and History for pan-

pan-

word-forming element meaning "all, every, whole, all-inclusive," from Greek pan-, combining form of pas (neuter pan, masculine and neuter genitive pantos) "all," from PIE *pant- "all" (with derivatives found only in Greek and Tocharian).

Commonly used as a prefix in Greek, in modern times often with nationality names, the first example of which seems to have been Panslavism (1846). Also panislamic (1881), pan-American (1889), pan-German (1892), pan-African (1900), pan-European (1901), pan-Arabism (1930).

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Medicine definitions for pan-

pan-

pref.

All:panagglutinins.
General; whole:panimmunity.

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