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

pan- Also pant(o)-.

All-inclusive.

[Greek pan, pant-, respectively the neuter and oblique forms of pas, all.]

A panacea (Greek akos, remedy) is a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases; a pandemic (Greek dēmos, people) is an outbreak of a disease over a whole country or the world; pandemonium (Greek daimōn, demon), is wild and noisy disorder or confusion, originally from the place of all demons in Milton's Paradise Lost; a pantheon (Greek theion, holy) is the set of all the gods of a people or religion; pansexual refers to somebody uninhibited in sexual choice with regard to gender or activity.

Pan- is widely used in terms, often hyphenated, that relate to all the peoples or countries of an area, as in pan-American, of all the countries of North and South America; pan-African, of all people of African birth or descent, all the peoples of Africa, or all African countries; Panhellenic, of all people of Greek origin or ancestry; pan-Arabism, the principle or advocacy of political alliance or union of all the Arab states.

Panto- has the same sense, and occurs in words such as pantograph (Greek -graphos, writing) which was originally a system of hinged and jointed rods for copying a plan or drawing on a different scale, now often a similar-shaped structure for conveying electric power to a vehicle from overhead wires; the British pantomime (Greek mimos, a mime) was historically an entertainment executed entirely in mime; pantothenic acid is a vitamin of the B complex, named from Greek pantothen (from every side), as it occurs so widely.

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