acro-, acr-

(Greek: high, highest, highest point; top, tip end, outermost; extreme; extremity of the body)

1. Contracture of the hand or foot resulting in spastic deformity.
2. Myotonia affecting the extremities only, resulting in spasmodic deformity of the hand or foot.
acronarcotic (adjective), more acronarcotic, most acronarcotic
Pertaining to having both acrid (sharp, pungent) and qualities of insensibility.
Any neuropathy of the extremities.
Happening at sunset or in the evening, as the rising of a star.
Happening in the evening or at night-fall, vespertine, as the acronychal rising or setting of a star. Sometimes this term is used as if “rising in the evening or at sunset and setting at sunrise”; but this is not correct. When the rising is acronychal, the setting is cosmical, and vice versa. (According to the Oxford English Dictionary).
acronychous, achronychous
Having claws, nails, or hoofs.
acronym (AK ruh nim) (s) (noun), acronyms (pl)
A word formed from the first (or first few) letters of a series of words; such as, radar (radio detecting and ranging): Some people are confused by what appears to be too many acronyms; especially, on the internet and from government organizations.
acronymania (s) (noun), acronymanias (pl)
A chronic incurable insanity.
acronymic (adjective), more acronymic, most acronymic
1. Description of a word formed from the first (or first few) letters of a series of words; as with radar, which comes from radio detecting and ranging; NATO, which comes from North Atlantic Treaty Organization; scuba, which comes from self-contained underwater apparatus; and sonar, which comes from sound navigation ranging.
2. Characteristics of words created from the initial letters of a phrase; for example, "Random Access Memory" becomes RAM, pronounced as the word "ram"; and the scientific term LASER is a result of "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation".
acronymous (adjective), acronymous
A reference to a word (tip-name) that is formed from the initials or other parts of several words: Here is an example of an acronymous word: UNESCO, from the initials of the United Nations Eucational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

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