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    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, who is the genius that could tell me the meaning or the etymology of " previa"? I've found previa as a medical term signifying some disease called placenta previa. I've tried my best to find the meaning of the word, but it seems it is not English. Thanks a lot ahead.
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    Re: previa

    Hello EA,

    "Previa" = the Latin word "praevia", meaning "going before".

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    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: previa

    It would be perfect if you could provide an online dictionary, Latin, on this. I need this for somebody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    It would be perfect if you could provide an online dictionary, Latin, on this. I need this for somebody.

    My list of language links includes a Latin Look-Up dictionary.

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    Re: previa

    It is a great link, Stuart. I'm really grateful for you. It is just I couldn't found my previa in the Latin dictionary of Babylon, nor on http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm.
    I found on the previous link the meaning that pedantic told me but for the word
    praevius

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    It is a great link, Stuart. I'm really grateful for you. It is just I couldn't found my previa in the Latin dictionary of Babylon, nor on http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm.
    I found on the previous link the meaning that pedantic told me but for the word
    praevius
    That's likely to happen a lot with Latin words. If you don't how the original declension, the dictionary form, you'll have trouble finding the form you're looking for.

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    Re: previa

    Do you think that previa is declined from praevius? If there is just some expert in Latin who can tell me about this.
    Last edited by Egyption Arrow; 18-Jul-2008 at 22:43.


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    Re: previa

    No - If the term "placenta previa" is what you found, then either it is a typo or it is a typical case of losing the true spelling [praevia] in the interests of "simplified spelling" that has led to spellings such as "endeavor" in preference to "endeavour".

    Since the phrase is a fully Latin medical term [placenta praevia], it should not have been spelled in any other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Since the phrase is a fully Latin medical term [placenta praevia], it should not have been spelled in any other way.
    I think that battle's been lost outside Britain, Anglika. Many of the post-colonies use American textbooks, which do not use the ae or oe combinations any more.
    You won't find leukaemia, haemoglobin, faeces, praevia ...
    Nor oedema, foetus, oesophagus ...

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