Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

Index of letter E

e-1Electronic communications.
e-2See ex-1
-eanForming adjectives and some nouns.
ec-See ex-2
echin(o)-Spiny.
eco-Ecology; the natural environment.
ecto-Outer; external; on the outside.
-ectomySurgical removal of all or part of a specified organ.
-ed1Having; possessing; affected by; characteristic of.
-ed2Forming the past tense and past participles of regular (weak) verbs.
-eeForming nouns from verbs.
-eenForming diminutive nouns.
-eerForming nouns and verbs.
ef-See ex-1
eicos-See icos-
eigen-Proper; characteristic.
-einSee -ine3
eka-Unknown elements.
-elSee -le1
elast(o)-Elastic.
electr(o)-Relating to, caused by, or connected with electricity.
-ellaGenera of bacteria and algae.
-elleForming nouns.
-ellumForming nouns.
em-See en-1 and en-2
embryo-An embryo.
-emeLinguistic units that are in systemic contrast with one other.
-emiaSee -aemia
-emicSee -eme or -aemia
en-1Forming verbs.
en-2Within; inside.
-en1Forming verbs from nouns and adjectives.
-en2Forming adjectives from nouns.
-en3Forming past participles of strong verbs.
-en4Forming noun plurals.
-en5Forming diminutives of nouns.
enantio-Opposite, opposing.
-enceSee -ance
encephalo-The brain.
-enchymaCellular tissue.
-encySee -cy and -ance
-endForming nouns.
end(o)-Internal; within.
-endumSee -end
-ene1Hydrocarbons.
-ene2An inhabitant.
-enneNouns denoting females.
ennea-Nine.
-enniumA period of years.
eno-See oeno-
-entSee -ant
ent-See ento-
enter(o)-The intestine.
ent(o)-Within; inside.
entom(o)-An insect or insects.
eo-Early, primeval.
-eousSee -ous
ep(i)-Upon; above; in addition.
equi-Equal; equally.
-er1Forming nouns.
-er2Forming the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs.
-er3Colloquial or humorous nouns and adjectives.
-er4Forming verbs.
-eratiSee -ati
-erelSee -rel
-ergicInvolving, releasing, or mimicking a specified substance as a neurotransmitter.
ergo-Work; energy.
-erieSee -ery
-erooAn informal and often humorous intensifier of nouns.
erot(o)-Sexual desire or excitement.
-ersSee -er3
-eryForming nouns.
erythro-Redness.
-esSee -s1
-esceForming verbs, often denoting the initiation of an action.
-eseForming adjectives and nouns.
-esisNouns of action or process.
esophago-See oesophago-
-esqueIn the style of; resembling.
-essForming nouns denoting the female gender.
-est1Forming the superlatives of some adjectives and adverbs.
-est2Forming the second person singular of verbs.
-etForming nouns, originally diminutives.
-eteriaSee -teria
eth-A two-carbon chain of atoms.
-eth1See -th1
-eth2Forming the third person singular of the present tense of verbs.
ethno-A nation, people, or culture.
ethox(y)-The ethoxyl radical.
-eticForming adjectives and some nouns.
-etidineSee -idine
-etteForming nouns.
eu-Well; easily.
Eur(o)-European; Europe or European plus another country; Europe; the European Union.
eury-A wide variety or range of something.
ex-1Out; upward; thoroughly; removal or release; former.
ex-2Out
exa-In units of measurement, a factor of 1018.
exbi-see the entry Words for multiples.
exo-External; from outside.
extra-Outside; beyond.
extro-Outwards.
-eySee -y1

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