- a combining form meaning “cartilage,” used in the formation of compound words: chondriosome.
Also chondro-; especially before a vowel, chondr-.
Origin of chondrio-
< Greek chondríon, diminutive of chóndros cartilage
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chondri- or before a vowel chondr-
- indicating cartilagechondroma
- grain or granularchondrule
from Greek khondros grain, cartilage
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Word Origin and History for chondro-
word-forming element meaning "cartilage," from Latinized form of Greek khondros "cartilage" (of the breastbone); see grind (v.).
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