- a combining form meaning “fat,” used in the formation of compound words: lipolysis.
Also especially before a vowel, lip-.
Origin of lipo-1
combining form representing Greek lípos fat
- a combining form meaning “lacking,” “leaving,” used in the formation of compound words: lipography.
Origin of lipo-2
< Greek, combining form of lip-, weak stem of leípein to leave, be lacking; see -o-
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before a vowel lip-
- fat or fattylipoprotein
from Greek lipos fat
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Word Origin and History for lipo-
word-forming element meaning "fat" (n.), from Greek lipo-, comb. form of lipos "fat" (n.), from PIE root *leip- "to stick, adhere," also used to form words for "fat," see leave (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Fat; fatty; fatty tissue:lipolysis.
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