meaning of azo-

azo- meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming element denoting the existence of nitrogen, 1879, from comb. form of azote, the old term for "nitrogen" (from Greek a- "not, without" (see a- (3)) + zoion "a living being;" see zoo); created in French by Lavoisier & de Morveau because residing things cannot survive when you look at the gas.


azo- meaning in General Dictionary

A combining kind of azote

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  • used loosely to substances having nitrogen variously combined, such as cyanides, nitrates, etc.
  • today particularly put on substances containing a two atom nitrogen team uniting two hydrocarbon radicals, like in azobenzene, azobenzoic, etc. These substances furnish many artificial dyes. See Diazo-.

azo- meaning in General Dictionary

A combining kind of azote

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  • Applied loosely to compounds having nitrogen variously combined, as with cyanides, nitrates, etc.