a combining form meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” “dead tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: necrology.
Also, especially before a vowel, necr-.

< Greek nekro-, combining form of nekrós dead person, corpse, (adj.) dead Unabridged
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necro- or (before a vowel) necr-
combining form
indicating death, a dead body, or dead tissue: necrology; necrophagous; necrosis
[from Greek nekros corpse]
necr- or (before a vowel) necr-
combining form
[from Greek nekros corpse]

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Word Origin & History

from Gk. nekros "dead body," from PIE *nek- "death, natural death" (cf. Skt. nasyati "disappears, perishes," Avestan nasyeiti "disappears," nasu- "corpse," O.Pers. vi-nathayatiy "he injures;" L. nex, gen. necis "violent death, murder" (as opposed to mors), nocere "to harm, hurt," noxius "harmful;" Gk.
nekus "dead" (adj.), nekros "dead body, corpse;" O.Ir. ec, Bret. ankou, Welsh angeu "death").
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Medical Dictionary

necro- or necr-

  1. Dead body; corpse: necrophilia.

  2. Death: necrobiosis.

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