noun, plural i·sos. Television Slang.
- incentive stock option.
- International Standardization Organization.
- the numerical exposure index of a photographic film under the system adopted by the International Standardization Organization, used to indicate the light sensitivity of the film’s emulsion.
- a combining form meaning “equal,” used in the formation of compound words: isochromatic; in chemistry, used in the names of substances which are isomeric with the substance denoted by the base word: isocyanic acid.
- International Organization for Standardization
- equal or identicalisomagnetic
- indicating that a chemical compound is an isomer of a specified compoundisobutane; isocyanic acid
word-forming element meaning “equal, similar, identical; isometric,” from comb. form of Greek isos “equal to, the same as” (e.g. isometor “like one’s mother”). Used properly only with words of Greek origin; the Latin equivalent is equi- (see equi-).
- Equal; uniform:isobar.
- Characterized by sameness with respect to species:isoantigen.
- Characterized by sameness with respect to genotype:isograft.
- An organization, the International Organization for Standardization, that sets standards in many businesses and technologies, including computing and communications. The term ISO is not an abbreviation, but instead derives from the Greek word īsos, meaning equal.
- A prefix that means equal, as in isometric, having equal measurements.
- A prefix used to indicate an isomer of an organic compound, especially a branched isomer of a compound that normally consists of a straight chain. The isomer is characterized by a Y-shaped branch at the end of the chain that consists of two prongs. Each prong consists of one carbon atom. Thus isopentane contains five carbon atoms like normal pentane, but arranged as a chain of three carbons plus a Y-shaped branch of two carbons at the end.