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I have the term "verification code" and need a term for a particular code that is part of it. Normally, if the term were only "code", I'd use "subcode". How would I correctly prefix "verification code" with "sub-" such that the meaning is clear?

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You would use "verification subcode". You are possibly better off picking a term that denotes the function of the "subcode" and calling it a prefix.

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I disagree with this; to me, "verification subcode" would mean "the verification part of a code", rather than "part of a verification code". – ruakh Jun 12 '12 at 19:57
This is a possible alternative meaning, however "sub-verification code" would definitely be incorrect. This imprecision is part of the reason I suggest rephrasing to be more specific about the purpose of the subcode is a more appropriate solution. – Christi Jun 12 '12 at 20:03
Don't worry, I wasn't suggesting "sub-verification code". Also, by the way, you seem to have interpreted "prefix" as meaning "the first part of a code", but I'm quite certain that that's not what the OP meant. – ruakh Jun 12 '12 at 21:17
Good point, I'd misparsed the question. have removed the relevant sentence. – Christi Jun 12 '12 at 21:22

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