cata definition

  • others:
    • The Latin and English form of a Greek preposition, used as a prefix to signify down, downward, under, against, contrary or opposed to, wholly, completely; as in cataclysm, catarrh. It sometimes drops the final vowel, as in catoptric; and is sometimes changed to cath, as in cathartic, catholic.
    • An abbreviation of catalogue.
  • noun:
    • A prefix of words of Greek origin, meaning down, downward, against, in accordance with, occasionally simply intensive, and often (like English be-) providing a transitive power. See words following. Additionally often kata-.

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