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[lith-oh] /ˈlɪθ oʊ/
noun, plural lithos.
verb (used with object), lithoed, lithoing.
Origin of litho
shortened form


or lithog


a combining form meaning “stone,” used in the formation of compound words:
lithography; lithonephrotomy.
Also, especially before a vowel, lith-.
< Greek, combining form of líthos Unabridged
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  • The best inking surfaces or slabs for color work at press or machine are porcelain, litho stone, marble or slab.

    Paper and Printing Recipes J. Sawtelle Ford
  • The manager said that in the litho department the single girls thought it infra dig.

  • This firm was the first in Leeds to introduce girls as layers-on for letter-press and litho machines.

  • There was a great gulf fixed between the litho girls and the others.

  • Besides the end papers for inside of books, a figured paper has of late been made known as "litho printed" for fancy goods.

British Dictionary definitions for litho


noun, adjective, adverb (pl) -thos
short for lithography, lithograph, lithographic, or lithographically See lithograph (sense 1), lithography


combining form
stone: lithograph
Word Origin
from Latin, from Greek, from lithos stone
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Word Origin and History for litho


before vowels, lith-, word-forming element meaning "stone, rock;" from comb. form of Greek lithos "stone, a precious stone, marble; a piece on a game board," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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litho in Medicine

litho- or lith-
Mineral concretion; calculus: lithotomy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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