from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Containing a nitrogen group, especially one attached at both ends in a covalent bond to other groups: azole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • containing nitrogen
  • Having a bivalent azo group (-N=N-) as a substituent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Applied loosely to compounds having nitrogen variously combined, as in cyanides, nitrates, etc.
  • Now especially applied to compounds containing a two atom nitrogen group uniting two hydrocarbon radicals, as in azobenzene, azobenzoic, etc. These compounds furnish many artificial dyes. See diazo-.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A curt form of azote in compounds.
  • n. Same as azo-, used adjectively without the hyphen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or containing the azo radical


From French azote, nitrogen : Greek a-, not; see a-1 + Greek zōē, life (from the fact that nitrogen does not support respiration); see gwei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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