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a combining form with the meanings “height,” “tip end,” “extremities of the body,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, acr-.
Origin of acro-
< Greek, combining form of ákros topmost, highest; akin to Latin ācer sharp. Cf. acme, ear2 Unabridged
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  • acro's has been overlaid by other commentators until the identity of his work is lost.

    Horace and His Influence Grant Showerman
British Dictionary definitions for acro


combining form
denoting something at a height, summit, top, tip, beginning, or end: acropolis, acrogen
denoting an extremity of the human body: acromegaly
Word Origin
from Greek akros extreme, topmost
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Word Origin and History for acro


word-forming element meaning "highest, topmost, at the extremities," before vowels, acr-, from Greek akro- "pertaining to an end, extreme," comb. form of akros "at the end, at the top" (see acrid).

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acro in Medicine

acro- or acr-

  1. Top; summit; height: acrophobia.

  2. Tip; beginning: acrosome.

  3. Extremity of the body: acroparalysis.

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