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a suffix used in the names of chemical compounds:
Origin of -ide
extracted from oxide Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for IDE


another name for the silver orfe See orfe
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin idus, from Swedish id


(added to the combining form of the nonmetallic or electronegative elements) indicating a binary compound: sodium chloride
indicating an organic compound derived from another: acetanilide
indicating one of a class of compounds or elements: peptide, lanthanide
Word Origin
from German -id, from French oxideoxide, based on the suffix of acideacid
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Word Origin and History for IDE


suffix used to form names of simple compounds of an element with another element or radical; originally abstracted from oxide, the first so classified.

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IDE in Medicine

-ide suff.

  1. Group of related chemical compounds: monosaccharide.

  2. Binary compound: sodium chloride.

  3. Chemical element with properties similar to another: lanthanide.

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IDE in Science
A suffix used to form the names of various chemical compounds, especially the second part of the name of a compound that has two members (such as sodium chloride) or the name of a general type of compound (such as polysaccharide).
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IDE in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for IDE


  1. integrated disk electronics
  2. integrated drive electronics
  3. interface design enhancement
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