iso-

iso-

a combining form meaning “equal,” used in the formation of compound words: isochromatic; in chemistry, used in the names of substances which are isomeric with the substance denoted by the base word: isocyanic acid.
Also, especially before a vowel, is-.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form of ísos equal

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iso- or (before a vowel) is-
 
combining form
1.  equal or identical: isomagnetic
2.  indicating that a chemical compound is an isomer of a specified compound: isobutane; isocyanic acid
 
[from Greek isos equal]
 
is- or (before a vowel) is-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek isos equal]

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iso- or is-
pref.

  1. Equal; uniform: isobar.

  2. Isomeric: isopropyl.

  3. Characterized by sameness with respect to species: isoantigen.

  4. Characterized by sameness with respect to genotype: isograft.

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iso-  
  1. A prefix that means "equal," as in isometric, "having equal measurements."

  2. A prefix used to indicate an isomer of an organic compound, especially a branched isomer of a compound that normally consists of a straight chain. The isomer is characterized by a Y-shaped branch at the end of the chain that consists of two "prongs". Each prong consists of one carbon atom. Thus isopentane contains five carbon atoms like normal pentane, but arranged as a chain of three carbons plus a Y-shaped branch of two carbons at the end.


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