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necro-(word root) dead body
Examples of words with the root necro-: necrophilia
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1. Dead body; corpse: necrophilia.
2. Death: necrobiosis.
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necro-or before a vowel
indicating death, a dead body, or dead tissue: necrology; necrophagous; necrosis.
[from Greek nekros corpse]
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a combining form meaning “the dead,” “corpse,” “dead tissue”: necrology. Also, esp. before a vowel,necr-.
[< Greek nekro-, comb. form of nekrós dead person, corpse, (adj.) dead]
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