Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

n-

Normal; number; negative.

[The initial letter of these words.]

In chemical formulae, often with a capital letter, this prefix indicates an unbranched chain of carbon atoms: n-hexane, N-acetylcysteine. In mathematics, it is a symbol for an unspecified or variable number; n-gon, a polygon with an unspecified number of sides; n-tuple, an entity or set consisting of an unspecified number of parts or elements. It can also be an abbreviation of negative: n-type, denoting a region in a semiconductor in which electrical conduction is due chiefly to the movement of electrons, as opposed to p-type.

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