1. a collection of miscellaneous information about a particular subject, person, place, or thing.
  2. an item in such a collection, as an anecdote, a memorable saying, etc.


  1. (of ingredients in pharmaceutical prescriptions) in equal quantities; of each. Symbol: a̅a̅, āa

  1. a prefix in loanwords from Greek, where it means “up,” “against,” “back,” “re-”: anabasis; used in the formation of compound words: anacardiaceous.

  1. American Newspaper Association.
  2. American Nurses Association.
  3. Association of National Advertisers.

  1. a suffix that forms collective nouns denoting an assembly of items, as household objects, art, books, or maps, or a description of such items, as a bibliography, all of which are representative of or associated with the place, person, or period named by the stem: Americana; Shakespeareana; Victoriana.


  1. pharmacol obsolete (of ingredients in a prescription) in equal quantitiesAbbreviation: aa


  1. a collection of reminiscences, sketches, etc, of or about a person or place
  2. an item of or for such a collection


    1. a name for anorexia, esp when used as a personification of the disease by its sufferers
    2. a person who identifies himself or herself as an anorexic


  1. anorexic

abbreviation for

  1. Article Number Association: (in Britain) an organization of manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers that provides a system (article numbering) by which a product is identified by a unique machine-readable number compatible with article-numbering systems used in other countries


  1. up; upwardsanadromous
  2. againanagram
  3. back; backwardsanatropous

suffix forming nouns

  1. denoting a collection of objects or information relating to a particular individual, subject, or placeShakespeareana; Victoriana; Americana

before verbs an-, prefix meaning 1. “upward,” 2. “back, backward, against,” 3. “again, anew,” from Greek ana- “up to, toward, exceedingly, back, against,” from ana “up, on, upon, throughout, again,” cognate with Old English on, from PIE root *ano- “on, upon, above” (see on).

or ana, word-forming element denoting “collection of sayings, gossip, etc. connected with a person or place,” early 18c., originally the neuter plural ending of Latin adjectives ending in -anus “pertaining to,” from PIE adjectival suffix *-no-.


  1. Both in the same quantity; of each. Used to refer to ingredients in prescriptions.


  1. Upward; up:anacrotic.
  2. Backward; back:anaplasia.
  3. Again; anew:anabiosis.

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