kappa

noun

kap·​pa ˈka-pə How to pronounce kappa (audio)
: the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet see Alphabet Table

Examples of kappa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Turmeric also prevents the body from making NF kappa-B, which is one of the primary causes for UTIs and bladder infections. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2022 These trials had a system to describe different kappa values: for example, 0.6-0.8 was 'satisfactory'. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 13 Jan. 2013

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kappa was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Kappa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kappa. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

kappa

noun
kap·​pa ˈkap-ə How to pronounce kappa (audio)
: the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet
Κ or κ

Medical Definition

kappa

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