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a combining form meaning “all,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (panacea; panoply), but now used freely as a general formative (panleukopenia; panorama; pantelegraph; pantheism; pantonality), and especially in terms, formed at will, implying the union of all branches of a group (Pan-Christian; Panhellenic; Pan-Slavism). The hyphen and the second capital tend with longer use to be lost, unless they are retained in order to set off clearly the component parts.
Also, pant-, panto-.
< Greek pan- combining form of pâs (neuter pân) all, every, pân everything Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pan-


combining form
all or every panchromatic
including or relating to all parts or members Pan-African, pantheistic
Word Origin
from Greek pan, neuter of pas all
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Word Origin and History for pan-
prefix meaning "all, whole, all-inclusive," from Gk. pan-, combining form of pas (neut. pan, masc. and neut. gen. pantos) "all," of unknown origin. Commonly used as a prefix in Gk., in modern times often with nationality names, the first example of which seems to have been Panslavism (1846, q.v.). Also panislamic (1881), pan-American (1889), pan-German (1892), pan-African (1900), pan-European (1901), pan-Arabism (1930).
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pan- in Medicine

pan- pref.

  1. All: panagglutinins.

  2. General; whole: panimmunity.

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