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.
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Origin of pan-
< Greek pan- combining form of pâs (neuter pân) all, every, pân everything
Words nearby pan-
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British Dictionary definitions for pan-
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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Medical definitions for pan-
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