Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a combining form meaning “breast,” used in the formation of compound words: mastopathy.
especially before a vowel
Origin of masto-
combining form representing
Greek mastós breast
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British Dictionary definitions for masto- masto- before a vowel mast- indicating the breast, mammary glands, or something resembling a breast or nipple mastodon; mastoid Word Origin
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Word Origin and History for masto-
mast-, word-forming element meaning "breast," from comb. form of Greek mastos "woman's breast," from madan "to be wet, to flow," from PIE *mad- "wet, moist, dripping" (cf. Latin madere "be moist;" Albanian mend "suckle;" see mast (n.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
masto- Breast; mammary gland; nipple: mastectomy.
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