Definitions

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  • suffix Forming nouns denoting subatomic particles (proton), quanta (photon), molecular units (codon), or substances (interferon).
  • suffix biology, genetics Forming names of things considered as basic or fundamental units, such as codon or recon.
  • suffix chemistry Forming names of noble gases and certain other elements (such as boron or carbon).

Etymologies

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From -on in electron, reinforced by Ancient Greek -ον ending neuter nouns and adjectives.

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