1 [an-uh, ah-nuh]
a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc.

1720–30; independent use of -ana Unabridged


2 [an-uh]
(of ingredients in pharmaceutical prescriptions) in equal quantities; of each. Symbol: a̅a̅, āa

1490–1500; < Medieval Latin < Greek aná of each


a prefix in loanwords from Greek, where it means “up,” “against,” “back,” “re-”: anabasis; used in the formation of compound words: anacardiaceous.
Also, especially before a vowel, an-.

< Greek, combining form of aná; no necessary relation to on


a suffix that forms collective nouns denoting an assembly of items, as household objects, art, books, or maps, or a description of such items, as a bibliography, all of which are representative of or associated with the place, person, or period named by the stem: Americana; Shakespeareana; Victoriana.
Also, -iana.

< Latin, neuter plural of -ānus -an


American Newspaper Association.
American Nurses Association.
Association of National Advertisers.
Also, ANA. Unabridged
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ana1 (ˈeɪnə, ˈɑːnə)
obsolete pharmacol aa (of ingredients in a prescription) in equal quantities
[C16: via Medieval Latin from Greek: of every one similarly]

ana2 (ˈɑːnə)
1.  a collection of reminiscences, sketches, etc, of or about a person or place
2.  an item of or for such a collection
[C18: independent use of -ana]

Ana (ˈænə)
1.  a.  a name for anorexia, esp when used as a personification of the disease by its sufferers
 b.  a person who identifies himself or herself as an anorexic
2.  anorexic
[C21: a play on the word anorexia and the girl's name Anna]

abbreviation for
Article Number Association: (in Britain) an organization of manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers that provides a system (article numbering) by which a product is identified by a unique machine-readable number compatible with article-numbering systems used in other countries

ana- or (before a vowel) an-
1.  up; upwards: anadromous
2.  again: anagram
3.  back; backwards: anatropous
[from Greek ana]
an- or (before a vowel) an-
[from Greek ana]

-ana or -iana
suffix forming nouns
denoting a collection of objects or information relating to a particular individual, subject, or place: Shakespeareana; Victoriana; Americana
[New Latin, from Latin -āna, literally: matters relating to, neuter plural of -ānus; see -an]
-iana or -iana
suffix forming nouns
[New Latin, from Latin -āna, literally: matters relating to, neuter plural of -ānus; see -an]

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Word Origin & History

or -ana "collection of sayings, gossip, etc. connected with a person or place," originally the neut. pl. ending of L. adjectives ending in -anus "pertaining to," early 18c.

prefix meaning 1. "upward," 2. "back, backward, against," 3. "again, anew," from Gk. ana- "up to, toward, exceedingly, back, against," from ana "up, on, upon, throughout, again," cognate with O.E. on, from PIE base *ano- "on, upon, above."
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Medical Dictionary

ana an·a (ān'ə)
Both in the same quantity; of each. Used to refer to ingredients in prescriptions.

ana- pref.

  1. Upward; up: anacrotic.

  2. Backward; back: anaplasia.

  3. Again; anew: anabiosis.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Administration for Native Americans

  2. American Newspaper Association

  3. American Nurses Association

  4. Anaheim Angels

  5. antinuclear antibody

  6. Association of National Advertisers

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