cata-

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cata-

pref.
1. Down: catadromous.
2. Reverse; backward; degenerative: cataplasia.

[Greek kata-, from kata, down, downwards, thoroughly; see kat- in Indo-European roots.]

cata-

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kata-

, before an aspirate

cath-

or before a vowel

cat-

prefix
1. down; downwards; lower in position: catadromous; cataphyll.
2. indicating reversal, opposition, degeneration, etc: cataplasia; catatonia.
[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)]

cata-

or kata-,
a prefix meaning “down,” “against,” “back,” occurring orig. in loanwords from Greek: cataclysm; catalog; catalepsy. Also, esp. before a vowel or h, cat-.
[< Greek kata-, comb. form of katá down, through, against, etc.]
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