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a combining form meaning “oblique,” used in the formation of compound words:
Origin of plagio-
combining form representing Greek plágios slanting, sideways, equivalent to plág(os) side + -ios adj. suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for plagio-


combining form
slanting, inclining, or oblique: plagiotropism
Word Origin
from Greek plagios, from plagos side
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Word Origin and History for plagio-

before vowels plagi-, word-forming element meaning "slanting, oblique," from comb. form of Greek plagios "oblique, slanting," from plagos "side," from PIE *plag- "flat, spread," from *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta).

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plagio- in Medicine

plagio- pref.
Slanting; inclining: plagiocephaly.

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