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em-1

1.
variant of en-1. before b, p, and sometimes m: embalm.
Compare im-1 .

em-2

1.
variant of en-2. before b, m, p, ph: embolism, emphasis.
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British Dictionary definitions for em-

em-

prefix
1.
before b, m, and p, a variant of en-1 , en-2

en-1

prefix
1.
(from nouns)
  1. put in or on entomb, enthrone
  2. go on or into enplane
  3. surround or cover with enmesh
  4. furnish with empower
2.
(from adjectives and nouns) cause to be in a certain condition enable, encourage, enrich, enslave
Word Origin
via Old French from Latin in-in-²

en-2

prefix
1.
in; into; inside endemic
Word Origin
from Greek (often via Latin); compare in-1, in-²
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Word Origin and History for em-
em-
from Fr. assimilation of en- to following labial; also from L. ex-, assimilated to following -m-. Also a prefix used to form verbs from adjectives and nouns.
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em- in Medicine

em- pref.
Variant of en-2.

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