de-

de-
1. Away from, cessation, without; sometimes has an intensive force. 2. For names with this prefix not found here, see under the principal part of the name. [L. de, from, away]

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prefix denoting
1. removal or loss. Examples: demineralization (of minerals from bones or teeth); devascularization (of blood supply).
2. reversal.

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[L. de away from, down from] a prefix often denoting negation or privation; it may signify down or away from, cessation, reversal, or removal. It sometimes has an intensive force.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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