- a combining form meaning “woman,” “female,” used in the formation of compound words: gynecology.
Origin of gyneco-
< Greek, combining form representing gynaik-, stem of gynḗ female, woman
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- a variant (esp US) of gynaeco-
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Word Origin and History for gyneco-
also gynaeco-, before a vowel gynec-, word-forming element from Greek gynaiko-, comb. form of gyne "woman, female" (see queen).
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