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a combining form meaning “slope, incline,” and, in mineralogy, “monoclinic,” used in the formation of compound words:
Origin of clino-
< Latin -clīn(āre) (cognate with Greek klī́nein to cause to lean, Sanskrit śrayati he causes to lean) + -o- Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for clino-


combining form
indicating a slope or inclination: clinometer
Word Origin
from New Latin, from Greek klinein to slant, lean
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Word Origin and History for clino-

before vowels clin-, word-forming element meaning "slope, slant, incline," from Latinized comb. form of Greek klinein "to lean, slope" (see lean (v.)).

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clino- in Medicine

clino- or clin-
Slope; slant: clinocephaly.

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