a prefix, meaning “behind,” “after,” “later,” “subsequent to,” “posterior to,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (postscript), but now used freely in the formation of compound words (post-Elizabethan; postfix; postgraduate; postorbital).
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Origin of post-
< Latin, combining form representing post (adv. and preposition)
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British Dictionary definitions for post-
after in time or sequence; following; subsequentpostgraduate
behind; posterior topostorbital
Word Origin for post-
from Latin, from post after, behind
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Medicine definitions for post-
Behind; posterior to:postaxial.
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Science definitions for post-
A prefix that means after, as in postoperative, after an operation, or behind, as in postnasal, behind the nose or nasal passages.
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