A combining form or prefix meaning down, downward, under, against, contrary or opposed to, wholly, completely; as in cataclysm, catarrh. It sometimes drops the final vowel, as in catoptric; and is sometimes changed to cath, as in cathartic, catholic.

Used as cat- before a vowel or 'h'.

Antonyms: ana-.

See: kata-.

Compare: de-.

Origin: Greek kata 'down'

(05 Feb 2009)

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