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cata-

1.
a prefix meaning “down,” “against,” “back,” occurring originally in loanwords from Greek (cataclysm; catalog; catalepsy); on this model, used in the formation of other compound words (catagenesis; cataphyll).
Also, cat-, cath-, kata-.
Origin
< Greek kata-, combining form of katá down, through, against, according to, towards, during
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cata-

prefix
1.
down; downwards; lower in position catadromous, cataphyll
2.
indicating reversal, opposition, degeneration, etc cataplasia, catatonia
Word Origin
from Greek kata-, from kata. In compound words borrowed from Greek, kata- means: down (catabolism), away, off (catalectic), against (category), according to (catholic), and thoroughly (catalogue)
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Word Origin and History for cata-
cata-
from Gk. kata-, before vowels kat-. Its principal sense is "down," but with occasional senses of "against" or "wrongly." Also sometimes used as an intensive. Most Eng. words with this prefix were borrowed through L. after 1500; e.g. catalectic (1589) "wanting a syllable in the last foot."
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cata- in Medicine

cata- pref.

  1. Down: catabolism.

  2. Reverse; backward; degenerative: cataplasia.

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