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contra-

prefix
1.
against; contrary; opposing; contrasting: contraceptive, contradistinction
2.
(in music) pitched below: contrabass
Word Origin
from Latin, from contrā against
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Word Origin and History for contra-

word-forming element meaning "against, in opposition," from Latin adverb and preposition contra (see contra). The Latin word was used as a prefix in Late Latin. In French, it became contre- and passed into English as counter-. The Old English equivalent was wiðer (surviving in withers and widdershins), from wið "with, against."

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contra- in Medicine

contra- pref.
Against; opposite; contrasting: contraindication.

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