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diacritic

[dahy-uh-krit-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈkrɪt ɪk/
noun
1.
Also called diacritical mark. a mark, point, or sign added or attached to a letter or character to distinguish it from another of similar form, to give it a particular phonetic value, to indicate stress, etc., as a cedilla, tilde, circumflex, or macron.
adjective
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Greek diakritikós distinctive, equivalent to dia- dia- + kritikós; see critic
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British Dictionary definitions for diacritical mark

diacritic

/ˌdaɪəˈkrɪtɪk/
noun
1.
Also called diacritical mark. a sign placed above or below a character or letter to indicate that it has a different phonetic value, is stressed, or for some other reason
adjective
2.
another word for diacritical
Word Origin
C17: from Greek diakritikos serving to distinguish, from diakrinein, from dia- + krinein to separate
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Word Origin and History for diacritical mark

diacritic

adj.

1690s, of sounds, from Greek diakritikos "that separates or distinguishes," from diakrinein "to separate one from another," from dia- (see dia-) + krinein "to separate, decide, judge" (see crisis). As a noun, from 1866. Related: Diacritical.

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diacritical mark in Medicine

diacritic di·a·crit·ic (dī'ə-krĭt'ĭk) or di·a·crit·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
Diagnostic or distinctive.

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