- a combining form meaning “tumor,” “mass,” used in the formation of compound words: oncogenic.
Origin of onco-
combining form of Greek ónkos mass, bulk
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- denoting a tumouroncology
from Greek onkos
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Word Origin and History for onco-
word-forming element meaning "bulk, mass," especially in medical use, "tumor," from Latinized form of Greek onko-, comb. form of onkos "bulk, size, mass, body."
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- Mass; swelling:oncolysis.
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