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per- definitions

Merriam Webster's

prefix Etymology: Latin, through, throughout, thoroughly, detrimental to, from per 1. throughout ; thoroughly <peruse> 2. a. containing the largest possible or a relatively large proportion of a (specified) chemical element <perchloroethylene> b. containing an element in its highest or a high oxidation state <perchloric acid>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

prefix. 1 forming verbs, nouns, and adjectives meaning: a through; all over (perforate; perforation; pervade). b completely; very (perfervid; perturb). c to destruction; to the bad (pervert; perdition). 2 Chem. having the maximum of some element in combination, esp.: a in the names of binary compounds in -ide (peroxide). b in the names of oxides, acids, etc. in -ic (perchloric; permanganic). c in the names of salts of these acids (perchlorate; permanganate). Etymology: L per- (as PER)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Per- Per- [See Per.] 1. A prefix used to signify through, throughout, by, for, or as an intensive as perhaps, by hap or chance; perennial, that lasts throughout the year; perforce, through or by force; perfoliate, perforate; perspicuous, evident throughout or very evident; perplex, literally, to entangle very much. 2. (Chem.) Originally, denoting that the element to the name of which it is prefixed in the respective compounds exercised its highest valence; now, only that the element has a higher valence than in other similar compounds; thus, barium peroxide is the highest oxide of barium; while nitrogen and manganese peroxides, so-called, are not the highest oxides of those elements.


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