kappa

noun
kap·​pa | \ ˈka-pə How to pronounce kappa (audio) \

Definition of kappa

: the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet — see Alphabet Table

First Known Use of kappa

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kappa

Middle English, from Greek, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew kaph

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“Kappa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kappa. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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kappa

noun
kap·​pa | \ ˈkap-ə How to pronounce kappa (audio) \

Medical Definition of kappa

: a cytoplasmic factor in certain paramecia that mediates production of paramecin and thereby makes the medium in which such microorganisms are grown toxic to members of strains not possessing the factor — see paramecin

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