necro- before vowels, necr-, word-forming element meaning "death, corpse, dead tissue," from comb. form of Gk. nekros "dead body, corpse, dead person," from PIE *nek- "death, natural death" (Cf. Skt. nasyati "disappears, perishes," Avestan nasyeiti "disappears," nasu- "corpse," O.Pers. vi-nathayatiy "he injures;" L. nex, gen. necis "violent death, murder" (as opposed to mors), nocere "to harm, hurt," noxius "harmful;" Gk. nekus "dead" (adj.), nekros "dead body, corpse;" O.Ir. ec, Bret. ankou, Welsh angeu "death").

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