- a combining form meaning “bone,” used in the formation of compound words: osteometry.
Also especially before a vowel, oste-.
Origin of osteo-
< Greek, combining form of ostéon
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before a vowel oste-
- indicating bone or bonesosteopathy
from Greek osteon
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Word Origin and History for osteo-
before vowels oste-, word-forming element meaning "bone, bones," from Greek osteon "bone" (see osseous).
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