- a combining form meaning “red,” used in the formation of compound words: erythrocyte.
Also especially before a vowel, erythr-.
Origin of erythro-
From the Greek word erythrós red, reddish
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from Greek eruthros red
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Word Origin and History for erythro-
before vowels, erythr-, word-forming element meaning "red," from Greek erythro-, comb. form of erythros "red" (in Homer, also the color of copper and gold); see red (1).
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